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1821P British Light Cavalry Presentation Sword, Hants Yeomanry, Sold

In overall good condition (grip as found), an 1821 Patt British Light Cavalry NCO's Presentation Sword, Hampshire Yeomanry Cavalry.

1821 Patt British Light Cavalry NCO's Presentation Sword, Hampshire Yeomanryimage P36 1

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Interesting inscription to the blade; "Presented to Sergt. Major Pain, By the Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates of the (B troop) Hants Yeomanry Cavalry, As a mark of their esteem May 1855". Interesting because the name "Pain" has been mostly removed, indicating he fell out of favour before receiving the sword; rumour is, he was indiscrete somehow; maybe research will tell!

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The impressive long 36 inch plain (except for inscription) blade is in very good condition and is period sharpened, and still sharp to this day. The inscription (apart from the intended recipient's name) is still very clear. Blade firm in hilt. The hilt / guard in good shape but with steady patina. The fishskin has (it appears) been mostly eaten away, though the wooden underneath looks good. The grip wire bindings are mostly still present and good. The browned steel scabbard is still good, but with some dents, etc. The sword sheathes and draws loosely, so the inner wooden lining slats are gone.

I wish I knew the history and possible demise of Sergeant Major Pain. Yours to find out hopefully at just £? (too late, now sold) . Please quote item reference P36 (0221). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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