1834 / 1874 P Victorian Household Cavalry
2nd Life Guards Sword (sold)
In good condition, an 1834/74 P household cavalry officer's sword
which belonged to a famous officer of the 2nd Life Guards.
This sword was by repute and connection owned by then 2nd Lieutenant
Arthur Edward Bruce O'Neill of the 2nd Life Guards who bought it
in 1897 as he assumed his appointment with Queen Victoria's Household
Cavalry. I bought this sword along with one other as a pair, from
a fellow collector who could trace the path back of them both to
an Irish Museum and before them, Arthur O'Neill.
The other sword in the pair is the cavalry sword Lieutenant then
Captain Arthur Edward Bruce O'Neill carried in action against the
Dutch Boers; O'Neill's
Boer War British Cavalry Sabre. I would prefer to see these
tow swords remain as a pair and would offer a reasonable discount
off them both to ensure this.
Arthur O'Neill made Lieutenant in June 1898 and then went on to
become an accomplished officer during much of the Boer War; he was
present at the Relief of Kimberley, and at operations in the Orange
Free State, at Paardeberg and in Cape Colony including the actions
at Driefontein and Colesberg. He was promoted to captain and adjutant
of the 2nd Life Guards plus awarded the QSA medal and 3 bars.
Arthur O'Neill was the son of 2nd Baron and Lady O'Neill of Shanes
Castle in Antrim, Ireland. He went on to become the British Member
of Parliament for Mid-Antrim in 1901 and then as an MP fought in
WW1. Capt. The Hon. Arthur Edward Bruce O'Neill was gallantly killed
in action on the 4th November 1914 on the Klein Zillebeke Ridge
(Ypres). He was the first British Member of Parliament to die in
the "Great War".
The awesome 36.5 inch blade (replated) is bright and firm in the
hilt; marked to Hawkes and Co with the serial number 4721 on the
spine, complete with VR Cypher, Royal Coat of Arms, the emblem of
the 2nd Lifeguards and battle honours up to Tel-el-Kebir Egypt 1882.
The hilt (also replated) a little pitted in places but in good general
order. The fishskin grip worn through use but still good, the ring
bindings (twisted grip wire) present and correct, the scabbard good
but a little loose on the blade and the chape loose. Complete with
original sword knot. Further / full sized images available upon
request. Item reference number 276.