Rare 6th Carabiniers Heavy Cavalry Sabre in very good condition,
Edward 7th (1902) to important named officer with provenance.
An especially good and rare 6th Carabiniers Heavy Cavalry Sword
sold by Wilkinson in 1902 to then one Lieutenant Samuel Wentworth
Webster, having just finished a tour of duty in South Africa which
saw him in several actions against the Boers.
An exclusive and highly prized / sought after variant of the 1821P
heavy cavalry sabre, the 6th Carabiniers had special right to include
their regimental insignia in the hilt design and of course on the
blade. Also with the etched initials of "S W W" attesting
to its once owner.
Samuel Wentworth Webster was commissioned into the 6th Carabiniers
as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 20th December 1899, promoted to Lieutenant
on the 3rd October 1900, making Captain on the 2nd July 1907 and
Major on the 1st may 1913. His Boer War notes (from Hart's List)
are below. I believe he was seriously injured in WW1 (further research
needed) though he did survive the war and is still shown as Major
for this famous heavy cavalry regiment in the Army List of 1919.
This sabre is in very good condition, the 35 inch blade well etched
with very little rust and firm in the hilt. The fishskin a little
worn and one ring binding / turn of twisted grip wire missing, but
everything generally very sound. The field leather scabbard a little
tired but still in good order. Original leather sword knot included.
This is a fine sword from a very important officer and well worth
the investment. Sword reference number 269 (63).
Lieut. Webster served in South African war in 1899-1902, and took
part in operations in Transvaal Oct. to 29th Nov. 1900; in the Transvaal
30th Nov. 1900 to Sept. 1901, Nov. 1901 to April 1902, and May 1902;
in Orange River Colony April to May 1902; and on the Zululand Frontier
of Natal in Sept. and Oct. 1901 (Medal with three Clasps, King's
Medal with two Clasps).