1899 Patt British Cavalry Trooper's Sabre,
rare WW 1 camouflage, sold
A rare World War One camouflaged 1899 pattern British cavalry
trooper's sabre, in very good condition.
1899 Pattern British cavalry trooper sabres are not so common,
but very, very few were used in World War 1, having been superceded
by the 1908 pattern, and very few of those made it out of WW1 with
their camouflage paint left on. We know this sword was camouflaged
in WW1 and not the Boer War as it was made in 1901 (has a stamp
to this effect) and yet also has a '15 (1915) inspection mark. No
doubt, this is when, in 1915, the sword was given its khaki brown
battlefield paint and reissued to a British cavalry trooper. This
then is a very rare sword indeed.
The 33 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition indeed; very well
period sharpened, double edged towards the point, still sharp now.
The blade bears multiple acceptance and date marks including 01
for 1901 manufacture (by Enfield) and 15 for acceptance / approval
for use in 1915. The blade is firm in the hilt. The front of the
bowl guard retaining most of its war time khaki brown paint. The
guard generally very good and the grips in well above average condition.
The sword sheathes and draws very well into its steel scabbard,
which also bears most of its battlefield camouflage paint and also
is in very good condition.
An exceptional, rare WW1 provenance, superb condition sword, and
a true bargain. Further / large images available upon request. Our
item reference number E09 (822).