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Victorian British 19th Hussars / 3rd Dragoon Guards Sword, Gone

In good condition, a Victorian British 19th Hussars / 3rd Dragoon Guards Officer's Wilkinson Sword, Lieut. John Hamilton Martin.

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The blade etched with the family crest of Sir Theodore Martin, K.C.B (A Lion Rampant Sa., Armed And Langued Gules, Holding In His Dexter Fore-Paw A Crescent Argent); most like Sir Theodore was the benefactor (person who paid for the sword). We do not know the family connection between John Hamilton Martin and Sir Theodore; good research potential! The sword has the serial number 25863 for 1884 and the Wilkinson ledger confirms it went to "J H Martin, Esq. 19th Hussars". Then Sergeant John Hamilton Martin served in the Egyptian war of 1882 with the 19th Hussars, and was present at the two actions at Kassasin and at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star). He was promoted to Lieutenant upon his return, at which time this sword was purchased. He transferred to the 3rd Dragoon Guards in 1886 (undoubtedly the sword stayed with him as it has the iconic heavy cavalry hilt / guard and in fact may be a replacement hilt; the blade was possibly given a 3 bar light cavalry guard / hilt in 1884), and he is shown as on "Retired pay, reserve of officers 3rd Dragoon Guards 1902".

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The 34 7/8 inch blade is in good condition, some wear and patina spots but not too many. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard good, some light pitting. The fishskin grip with some age and wear loss to the edges but good, the twisted grip wire still good. The steel scabbard has some age but is good. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

A very good sword at a good price; £? (too late). Please quote item reference Q13 (0341). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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