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1908P WW1 British Cavalry Trooper's Sword, sold

A British WW1 Cavalry trooper's sword, with with original Khaki camouflage paint to the bowl guard / hilt, in good condition.

1908P WW1 British Cavalry Trooper's Sword with Original Khaki Camouflage Paint

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We bought this sword from an executor's auction in Lyons, France. It was the only sword in the estate of the deceased owner and his family do not know how he came by it, as he was not a collector, nor had he been to the UK as far as they knew. The sword came from Belfort, which is a fortified town and was on the frontline with Germany during WW1. The sword and scabbard are a marriage; the sword was made by the Enfield Small Arms Factory in 1915, the scabbard by SB&N (Sanderson Brothers & Neubold Limited of Sheffield) in 1916. Marriages often occur from battle zones, where swords get separated from their scabbards en mass, and then unknowing finders marry up the "wrong" sword with the "wrong" scabbard. This sword still has WW1 khaki camouflage paint to the hilt, which indicates it never made the journey back to the UK, as most swords were later cleaned of the war paint for ceremonial use.

The 34 1/2 inch blade has some light pitting, commensurate with being out of a scabbard for a while, but is still in good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt and grip are very good. The scabbard equally good, though no camouflage paint. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A lovely example and probably held by a British cavalry trooper (many fought as machine gunners, which was one of the most dangerous jobs to have) who never made it back. Please quote item reference L94 (1210). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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