In good overall condition (period damage to hilt / guard), a nice
1915 dated 1908 pattern British cavalry trooper's sword, still with
WW1 camouflage paint.
There are two date stamps to the forte / ricasso, one for 1915
(can not see month), the other for 1917, so the sword was in use
during that period as it had been sent back for inspection, presumably
after some damage. The damaged hilt is post the 1917 stamp as this
would not have been allowed to re-enter service in that condition.
Given the bowl guard still has brown camouflage paint, it seems
likely the sword was damaged a second time (the damaged guard /
hilt). So all this is not a bad thing at all from a collector's
The 34 3/4 inch blade is marked to "EFD" (Enfield small
arms factory) with several acceptance stamps showing it had an active
life. The guard is buckled towards the pommel which appears to be
period damage. Blade firm in hilt. Grip good. Scabbard with small
ding, but good. Sword sheathes and draws well. Foot note: It should
not take too much to straighten the hilt out if desired.
Truly an evocative investment, a sword with an obvious past; yours
for £450. Please quote item reference number N21. Further
/ full sized images upon request. Box 1309-1.18 (3.320)