Victorian 1821P British Heavy Cavalry Pipe-Back
A rare Charge of the Heavy Brigade era British 1821 pattern heavy
cavalry officer's sword in good order.
A rare Victorian pipe-back heavy cavalry officer's sword made rarer
by the fact it was apparently issued to a troop sergeant by the
regiment. We say this because the blade has been period marked with
a "rack" number "695", increasing the prospect
it saw active service in the Crimean War.
The blade etching is now only just visible, and the maker's name
is too dull, though the VR cypher can just be made out. The rack
number 695 is clearly period, not later. The mighty 36 inch blade
is in very good order and firm in the hilt. The hilt is good except
for a damaged area which looks period (there is a small piece missing
and a break, and the age of the break looks to be very old) and
does nothing to detract from the sword, the reverse being true.
The fishskin grip is very worn but complete, and the twisted silver
wire ring bindings are present and correct.
Truly a great and evocative investment at £xxx (too late,
now sold - original sales price divulged for small fee). Please
quote item reference number B28 (578). Further / full sized images