1853P 20th Hussars / Yeomanry Marked Cavalry
Trooper's Sabre, sold
In good condition, a scarce 1853P British cavalry trooper's sabre
with Prussian Kirschbaum blade, scabbard marked to 20th Hussars,
yeomanry and possibly older marks to hilt.
A fairly scarce example of the 1853P in that the blade was made
by Prussian maker Kirschbaum (the blade has their knight's head
trademark stamped to one side), which happened because English blade
makers could not deliver the numbers then required by the British
War Department. The scabbard has crown E14 acceptance stamp plus
"20, H, 292, 56" indicating it was originally issued to
the 20th Hussars. We have seen other examples where only the hilts
had regimental markings (there are no 20th Hussar markings to the
hilt). The hilt does however bear the markings for the North Shropshire
Yeomanry Cavalry, while the blade has a crown E7 acceptance mark.
This probably means the sword and scabbard were passed down separately
to the North Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry after serving with different
front line regiments, one being the 20th Hussars. This is quite
a common occurrence as yeomanry reservist cavalry hardly ever got
brand new weapons.
The 35 inch blade is in good condition, some former light rust pitting
but not much. The Kirschbaum Trademark is on one side, the British
crown E7 acceptance mark the other. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The hilt has some rust pitting, mostly on the two rounded bars that
form the guard, but overall good and sound. The hilt is marked twice
with "NSYC C 46" (sword 46 of C troop of the North Shropshire
Yeomanry Cavalry), there looks to be the remains of older markings
under one of these. The grip is in good condition. The scabbard
is really nice and the sword sheathes and draws very well, and fits
the scabbard perfectly. These 1853P's are hard to come by and this
one is in above average condition with lots of markings to testify
to its past. Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote
item reference number D33 (732).