1821P British Light Cavalry Officer's Sword,
17th Century blade, sold
In good condition, an 1821 pattern British light cavalry officer's
sword, Wilkinson mounted, 17th Century blade
The blade is marked "NO AGO MAL A QUIER NO ALCANCO" one
side, "TEMA IL MADO ALMEO VALOR SOLINGEN" the obverse.
This appears to be any early Spanish regional saying "Held
in hand, aimed in valour", "I do no bad to those not reached".
The symbol is attributed to Spanish and sometimes to some Solingen
made blades, both of the 17th Century. The blade has been mounted
by Wilkinson Sword, as proven by the scabbard; circa 1875. The blade
was either a capture, perhaps from the Napoleonic Wars but more
likely a family blade owned by a Spanish born officer, perhaps whose
family escaped Spain during / after the Carlist Wars.
The 34 5/8 inch blade is in very good condition, some light former
rust pitting here and there, but nothing much; also perhaps a little
over-cleaned. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt is good but
with patina. The fishskin grip is a little aged and worn; the sword
may well have been held a lot, perhaps in conflict. The twisted
silver metal grip wires mostly good, some a little astray, one turn
has a lesser strand missing. The scabbard overall good. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
A fascinating sword where the blade alone is worth the sale price;
yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
AC26 (0032). Further / full sized images available upon request.