Late Victorian Cavalry Officer’s sword with honeysuckle pattern hilt


This sleepy example of the sword in use until just after the turn of the century belonged to the officer of the 21st Empress of India’s Lancers whose uniforms appear elsewhere on the website. It has the standard steel hilt which retains its plating and would clean up well. It has a blade just over 33ins long with the VR royal cypher to each side. The maker’s mark is Mole and Son, Birmingham, Makers to the War and India Offices`and the blade is numbered 3886 although the first line of the maker’s name is almost rubbed away. The sword retains its leather service scabbard and a field service leather sword knot. Although this sword had been use by the heavy cavalry for decades it was not until 1896 that it was adopted by the light cavalry. This example has a slightly broader guard than later versions. One of the illustrations shows it against an example with a George V blade.

This sword has come to us from the same ownership as the 21st Lancers uniform which we have listed elsewhere on the website so it was almost certainly being worn at the Battle of Omdurman.

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