1853P British Indian Baroda Native State
Cavalry Trooper's Sabre, sold
In good condition, an above average Indian 1853P cavalry trooper's
sabre, British maker unknown, complete with belts.
A lot of sword for the money, and a cut above most Indian 1853P's.
This calvary sabre would have been British made, but there is no
maker's mark. It feels a couple of notches above the deride Rodwell
made sabres and we are sure this one was not made by Rodwell, not
least because it handles better and also because the "NS BAD"
Baroda) marking to the front of the hilt is a different style
to that used by Rodwell.
In addition to above average construction, this sabre comes with
its original belts which is very rare. Note that the blade is longer
than the length of the scabbard; this is because the sabre did not
go all the way into the scabbard because its inner guard section
rested on the loop of the suspension belt; quite odd / different
but it works! We have not seen this sheathing / suspension method
before, so the sabre is therefore quite unique in collector's terms.
The 85.5 cm blade has been period sharpened, marked "4 33"
to the ricasso (regimental markings) and is firm in the hilt. The
inside of the hilt has the markings "1 over 251"; how
this correlates to the blade markings is hard to say, as this is
clearly a different system to the British, but we would hazard a
guess that this was 1st Regiment, sabre number 251, 4th troop, trooper
33. All in all, outstanding value at only £(too late, sold!
though we will reveal the original sales price for a small fee!).
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference number E01 (798)