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1908P WW1 Paint British Cavalry Trooper's Sword For Sale

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.

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Sold Item Notice

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 perspective.

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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)

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