1821 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Officer’s
A sharpened (for field use), very good condition, Victorian British
heavy cavalry pattern officer's sword.
Exceptionally good example of the 1821 Pattern for British heavy
cavalry officers, although with just over a 34 inch blade and slightly
tighter hilt, this sword conforms more to the 1896 revision which
was used by both light and heavy cavalry regiments. Either way,
the sword was specifically built for use with a leather grip (preferred
over fishskin by field officers) and the blade has actually been
sharpened . I make the point that the blade has been sharpened as
many have not, which means they (the unsharpened ones) never saw
active field service, this sword almost certainly did and given
its age almost certainly in the Boer War.
Marked to cutler / retailer W A Bartles of 57 Maddox Street London
and also Aldershot, the blade is very well etched with VR (Victorian)
Royal Cypher and original owner's initials "E.C.H." plus
various foliate scrolls. The blade is firm in the hilt, the grip
is complete and good condition with ring bindings present and tight.
There is no discernable looseness anywhere. The black leather and
steel fittings scabbard (note: I have removed the tarnish from the
fittings since taking the photos) is also in very good condition.
As this is such an exceptional example of a very attractive yet
efficient fighting weapon. Further pictures available upon request.