British 1864 Pattern Royal Horse Artillery
Cavalry Trooper’s Sword (sold)
Rare commissioned 1864 P British cavalry trooper's sword, marked
to the Royal Horse Artillery.
Distinguishable by token of its twin knot slits from the later,
much more common 1882/85/90 pattern cavalry trooper sword, this
rare 1864 pattern is made even more collectable by token of the
fact it has seen active service in battle; namely the 2nd Anglo-Afghan
Carried by Trooper 44 of D Company / Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery,
the field added thick course hilt liner (for protection against
the freezing Afghan mountain winters) and well worn grip give testament
to the fact this sword was carried in battle conditions a lot. The
Royal Horse Artillery made a name for themselves in being able to
move, ready and fire often quite heavy artillery rounds in support
of fast moving troop advances. Often charging into and out of battles,
this sword was likely carried by a cavalry trooper assigned to protect
the horsemen and gunners of the artillery itself.
The 2nd Anglo-Afghan War was fought by British and Indian troops
against Afghan tribesmen out of paranoia of the Russian army threatening
Britain's hold over the Indian sub-continent. Britain won the war
but ultimately pulled out of Afghanistan.
The scabbard is marked "RHA D 44". On the sword itself
are “Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham” on one ricasso
side, two Birmingham 21 crown inspector marks (one on the spine,
one on the other ricasso side), “Mole” stamped to the
spine, a further crown inspector’s mark and double opposed
broad arrows decommissioning stamp (sword fit for service but superseded).
The sword generally is in good condition with no movement or looseness
anywhere. Further pictures available upon request. Sword reference
number 121 (64).