1853 Patt British 2nd Dragoon Guards Trooper's
In good condition, a scarce 1853P British cavalry trooper's sabre
marked to the 2nd Dragoon Guards who saw sword intensive action
at the Siege of Lucknow.
A sword that you can say with almost certainty that saw bloody
action; a sword that may well have dispatched some poor soul to
the next life or caused him some nasty injury. This sword is marked
to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) who used their swords to
cut down many Indian "mutineers" at the Siege of Lucknow
"We came on bodies of Cavalry and Infantry of the enemy. Bays
where ordered to the front to charge and pursue! Away we went as
hard as possible, Major Smith and I leading. We did not stop for
three miles, cutting down and pursuing the mutineers right up to
Lucknow, and across the river".
The hilt, which was prone to breakage on this sword pattern, has
been repaired at some stage, further indicating rough use or action.
There are a few tell tale nicks to the forward cutting edge of the
blade. At 34 3/4 inches, the blade is slightly shorter than normal,
clearly done during its service life, which almost certainly means
the tip was damaged at Lucknow, as these blades were also prone
to breaking near the point upon full thrust contact. Although the
blade is a tad shorter than virgin 1853P's, the fact this sabre
was used against an opponent more than compensates, even if you
noticed that the blade was slightly short in the first place, which
most people would not. The blade is in good condition, if a little
over zealously "cleaned.
The hilt is in good order, though some pitting. The grip is very
sound. The steel scabbard has its share of slight damage / abrasion
and denting, but is overall good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Hold it an you will almost certainly connect with the trooper involved
in the charge of the winter of 1857. It is very nice to get a sword
marked to such a regiment with such an evocative past. Further /
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