1908P WW1 British Cavalry Trooper's Sword,
In overall good though aged condition, a rare early black Gryphonite
gripped British WW1 1908P Cavalry trooper's sword, some camouflage
paint remaining, a French barn find (a sword that got left behind).
First, this is 100% a British 1908 pattern cavalry sword; the early
versions (this one was first dated in 1909) had a black Gryphonite
grip; later swords have the much more common brown Dermatine grips.
Second, this sword came from a French barn, where is has probably
been since it was lost or abandoned during World War One.
The markings to the forte / ricasso have suffered from localized
rusting (the forte / ricasso have suffered some light pitting making
the markings feint, the top half of the blade just below the forte
/ ricasso has an even patina, the lower point end half of the blade
is mostly very good). However, you can still make out the essentials
facts; the sword was made by EFD (Enfield) in 1909, and remarked
in 1915. The "X" bend test mark and inspection / acceptance
marks are all still visible.
The remains of the khaki camouflage paint still exists on the guard
(inside and out) plus the scabbard. The 35 inch blade is still very
strong and firm in the hilt. The hilt has a little bending damage
where the bowl guard loops back to the pommel, as is very common,
but the damage is minimal. The black Gryphonite grip is worn and
aged but still very sound. The scabbard has some light pitting here
and there but is overall in good and very sound condition. The sword
sheathes and draws very well.
The fact this sword was left behind and never decommissioned is
a big plus, as it makes the sword so much more evocative. The fact
it also has the earlier black grip makes our price an absolute bargain.
Please quote item reference number G76 (980). Further / full sized
images upon request.