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.
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
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
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.