1821 P Victorian Rare 6th Carabiniers Light
Cavalry Officer's Sabre (sold)
This is a rare 1821 P Victorian 6th Carabiniers light cavalry
officer's sabre with scabbard and original sword knot, Boer War
If I lived near an electro-plating company, this is one of the
few swords I would be tempted to refurbish because the blade is
exceptionally good. Just replating the hilt and scabbard (plus cleaning
the original sword know) would double the value of this sword.
This is a rare British cavalry sabre a) because it is marked to
the 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) and b) because it is a
light cavalry sabre (Dragoon Guards / Carabiniers are heavy cavalry
in all but name), so the original owner made a conscious decision
to buy a light cavalry sabre, not heavy cavalry.
The 32 1/2 inch blade has battle honours to Sevastopol, ia in exceptional
condition and firm in the hilt. The blade is marked to the maker
Meyer and Richardson of Dublin, so the officer was almost certainly
a Protestant Irishman as these had a long history with the 6th.
The hilt metal work has aged but is sound and free from pitting.
The fishskin grip is worn overall but in good order. The twisted
grip wire bindings also good except one side strand of one turn
on one side is a little wayward (easy to cosmetically remedy). The
original sword know with its silver "turk's head" stay
is lovely, a real bonus; sure, it is dirty and aged a little, but
it would clean up if required with some modern fabric cleaner. The
scabbard has lost much of its plating and has minor pitting; it
sheathes loosely but well.
This sword is almost certainly late Victorian which means it probably
saw action in the Boer war. In any event, it is a lovely sword.
Sword reference number 590 (222). Further / full sized images available