1821 Patt Early Victorian British Light Cavalry
Officer's Sabre (sold)
A very good early Victorian 1821P British light cavalry officer's
sabre with original sword knot.
This is a scarce and well above average pipe-backed, clipped point,
early Victorian light cavalry sabre for a British Officer bearing
as it does the early table form of etching to the blade, containing
the VR royal cypher.
Although aged, the important parts of the blade, hilt and grip
are all in very good order indeed; most examples see the etching
"buffed" to a feint memory but here it is still very clear.
The 35 inch blade has some old black rust spots / patina, but not
much, and it is firm in the hilt. The hilt is in good order and
the fishskin is remarkably good given its age; the ring bindings
/ twisted grip wire in equally good order. The scabbard has seen
more rust but still, not too much. The sword sheathes well but there
is no firmness so the original wood liners are gone, as you would
expect. Both the blade and the scabbard are marked to quality cutler
R & S Firmin of 153 Strand which dates this sword very accurately
to 1838. Even better, it comes complete with what is surely the
original sword knot (a little frayed in one area but, hey, getting
a complete original is rare).
I do not say this tongue in cheek; getting quality swords like
this and of this era is getting harder and harder. Further / full
sized images available upon request. My item reference number is