pattern officer's sword

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British Cavalry Officer’s Levee (Dress) Sword

A MID 19th CENTURY WARWICK YEOMANRY MAMELUKE SABRE BY C SMITH, 12 PICCADILLY, LONDON the curved single edged blade etched with flowers and leaf work decoration leading to the gilt brass hilt cast with acanthus leafs, the ivory grip complete with silver thread sword knot, original signed steel scabbard with brass gilt mounts 91cm overall.

From about 1800, the “mameluke” style sword was popular amongst cavalry officers as a dress sword. This practice continued into the early 20th century. Victorian and later examples are nearly identical to the pattern 1831 General Officer’s Sword.

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British Pattern 1827 Naval Officer’s Sword

A George IV naval officer’s sword by Prosser, Maker to the King, H.R.H. the Lord High Admiral, with curved pipe back blade, length 76.5cm, brass hilt with folding guard retaining most original gilt finish, lion’s head pommel, wire bound sharkskin covered grip.

This beefy pipe-back blade is superior to those typically used for regulation pattern officers’ swords, being wider and thicker and better at cutting.

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British Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Sword

Retailed by Pearse & Co. 33 in., etched with VR cyper and a personal monogram (possibly ‘A.P.’) within panels, gilt brass 'gothic’ hilt, later sword knot, steel scabbard.  

The Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Sword is one of the most rare of the regulation pattern officers’ swords. The Pattern 1892 is really just a new thrusting blade which replaced the “Wilkinson” blade introduced in 1845, but the hilt is the same gilt-brass “Gothic” hilt that had long been the regulation pattern for infantry officers. In 1895 a new hilt was introduced which featured a pierced steel bowl guard, therefore the P1892 was only around for about 3 years. When officers were obliged to carry the new P1895, they could either buy an entirely new sword, or save some money and simply replace the old brass hilt with the new steel hilt. So some P1895s (and P1897s) began life as P1845s, P1854s, or P1892s, but were altered to conform to the 1895 or 1897 regulations. All of this means that there are now very few P1892s available to collectors. The example above is in stunning condition!

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British Officer’s Hanger, c.1800

A 1796 pattern-inspired infantry officer’s sword of the Napoleonic era. This attractive sword has a 28 inch blade and so was probably made for an infantry or naval officer as a fighting sidearm. It has been service sharpened (though not currently sharp to touch) and has some little edge nicks. The hilt assembly is quite tight and the leather washer is in place. The grip leather has a couple of patches of loss, but nothing unusual for a 200 year old sword. It has an even light patina to both the blade and guard and overall is in quite nice condition.

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British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

A Victorian Highland officer’s basket-hilted ‘claymore’, sold by Gardiner of Glasgow and made by Pillin of London. This example probably dates to the 1870s or early 1880s and features a forged basket hilt, plated blade of normal proportions and a steel scabbard. The blade is in very nice condition with clear etching and just a few little bits of loss to the nickel plating. The guard and scabbard have light pitting and matching patina, but are solid and sound, in good shape. The liner is in very good condition for the age and the grip shagreen and wire are also good. This is the type with a peened tang rather than the screw nut (indicating it’s probably from before the mid-1880s). Pillin were a top maker of the day and a rival of Wilkinson. This is a really nice example of a very sought after model of sword. There were not many Highland officers at any one time, so these swords do not come around very often. It has not been service sharpened and everything is tight with the tiniest movement in the grip only.