In very good though aged condition, a Pre Crimean War Campaign Mameluke Sword of William Russell of the 7th Hussars.
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This, 100% is a sword once owned by Lt. General Sir William Russell of the 7th Hussars. It was sold amongst other swords of his at the Sotheby’s Stokesay Court auction in September 1994 (lot 1233). But contention exists as to exactly when he wore / used it. The blade is clearly based on the 1796 pattern blade, though William Russell was not born until 1822 and in 1821 a new official pattern of cavalry sword was mandated. But, William Russell was a very individual soldier and even wore Afghan clothing into battle. So, given all other facts about this most famous cavalryman, he most likely wore it just prior to the Crimean War and possibly during it (the 7th Hussars did not serve in the Crimean War but William Russell did; he was assigned to the British general staff for a while). In any event, Lt. General Sir William Russell of the 7th Hussars once wore and carried this campaign sword (campaign as it is plain bladed and has no grip ornaments), mostly likely just before / during the Crimean War.
The 29 3/8 inch blade may seem short but is ideal for close quarters hussar fighting. Plain blade in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The incredible single piece ivory grip (think about how hard that was to make, ivory grip swords normally being made from two “scales”). The grip with age cracks but nothing major. The field use steel scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws well. The sword knot is aged and has some losses, to say the least, but is a huge bonus to have it. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a huge opportunity to own a sword of Lt. General Sir William Russell and at a ridiculously low price of was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AE21. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0694-1m (1.841).