Mameluke Sabre of William Russell of the
7th Hussars, For Sale
In very good though aged condition, a Pre Crimean War Campaign
Mameluke Sword of William Russell of the 7th Hussars.
This, 100% is a sword once owned by Lt.
General Sir William Russell of the 7th Hussars. It was sold
amongst other swords of his at the Sotheby's Stokesay Court auction
in September 1994 (lot 1233). But contention exists as to exactly
when he wore / used it. The blade is clearly based on the 1796 pattern
blade, though William Russell was not born until 1822 and in 1821
a new official pattern of cavalry sword was mandated. But, William
Russell was a very individual soldier and even wore Afghan clothing
into battle. So, given all other facts about this most famous cavalryman,
he most likely wore it just prior to the Crimean War and possibly
during it (the 7th Hussars did not serve in the Crimean War but
William Russell did; he was assigned to the British general staff
for a while). In any event, Lt. General Sir William Russell of the
7th Hussars once wore and carried this campaign sword (campaign
as it is plain bladed and has no grip ornaments), mostly likely
just before / during the Crimean War.
The 29 3/8 inch blade may seem short but is ideal for close quarters
hussar fighting. Plain blade in very good condition and firm in
the hilt. The incredible single piece ivory grip (think about how
hard that was to make, ivory grip swords normally being made from
two "scales"). The grip with age cracks but nothing major.
The field use steel scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws
well. The sword knot is aged and has some losses, to say the least,
but is a huge bonus to have it. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a huge opportunity to own a sword of Lt. General Sir William
Russell and at a ridiculously low price of £1500. Please quote
item reference AE21. Further / full sized images available upon
request. Box 0694-1m (1.841).