Early 19th Century British Cavalry Officer's
Mameluke Sabre, sold
An exceptionally high quality British light cavalry officer's
mameluke, early 19C, possibly Napoleonic, in very good / excellent
This mameluke was not carried by any cavalry officer. It is believed
to be a maker's sample, which is why it is in such good condition.
The blade is superbly etched with a vacant Georgian style tablet
cartouche where the reining monarch's royal cypher would go, but
there isn't one. Renowned sword cutler Odell is believed to have
been working from 72 Burlington Arcade (the address etched to the
forte / ricasso) from around 1813 to 1819 (after 1819 he was at
71-72 Burlington Arcade) (see
NY Historical Society sword).
The blank tablet blade cartouche proving scope for the eventual
owner to have etched whatever they please there, or they can leave
it blank, of course.
Although the 30 inch blade has a very small number of very light
rust spots, they should fairly easily clean off (we have simply
stabilized the blade). The blade has never been sharpened and for
that matter, has seldom been outside the scabbard, as it is as tight
as new when fully sheathed. The steel scabbard has suffered some
rusting, but not too much, and again, it could be fairly readily
restored. The ivory grips have not cracked, which is the norm for
a sword of this age, probably as it was stored well and protected.
The original sword knot has dulled and aged.
This is a very impressive, elegant and well made, high quality
sabre, the quality of which could not be matched today. When you
hold it, apart at marveling at the workmanship, you find it very
hard to believe the sabre is around 200 years old, but it is. Truly,
well worth every penny. Please quote item reference number H09 (992).
Further / full sized images available upon request.