1908P British Cavalry Trooper's Sword dated
In good to very good overall condition, a WW1 and WW2 British
cavalry trooper's sword with Household Cavalry and 17/21st Lancers
This sword was made in 1915; the '15 is still just visible on one
side of the blade's ricasso / forte. It came from someone who says
their father was an officer in the 17/21st Lancers (during WW2)
and was actually issued to him (though we do not why an officer
would be issued with a trooper's sword; 17/21st Lancers were motorized
machine gunners and then a tank regiment during WW2 anyway). The
inside of the scabbard throat (we are 100% certain the scabbard
is original to the sword, also being dated 1915) is marked "HC
186" which is a non-standard British mark we believe for the
Household Cavalry (swords made for the three regiments of the HC
in 1915 being shipped in one consignment to France / Belgium and
therefore generically marked "HC").
The guard / hilt and scabbard have been period coated (not painted),
we suspect just after WW1, and therefore we would advise against
removing this coating. There are no regimental marks visible inside
the bowl guard and we do not believe there are any under the coating
to make it worthwhile removing the later. The blade has several
acceptance marks to it, the latest being '30 for 1930. The blade
and scabbard are also marked to EFD (Enfield), the British military
arms manufacturing facility.
The 34 1/4 inch blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt.
The grip is in good condition and firm; the grip area generally
shows some signs that the grip was replaced while in service. The
steel scabbard is in good order. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A very nice example with a long and interesting service history
for only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
M99 (1277). Further / full sized images available upon request.