Victorian Welch Regt of Foot General Staff
Officer's Mameluke, sold
In very good condition, a rare Victorian 41st (Welch) Regiment
of Foot General Staff Officer's Mameluke, by Hawkes and Co.
With the Prince of Wales feathers to the blade and hilt's cartouche,
we know this is a 41st
(Welch) Regiment of Foot Mameluke because of the absence of
rosettes to the grip (see photo of Major-General
William Allan). This mameluke was owned most likely by a Colonel,
the lowest rank of staff officer, because of the steel scabbard
denoting field use as much as seniority. Etched to Hawkes &
Co, 14 Piccadilly, London, this all dating the sword from 1853 to
The 32 1/2 inch period sharpened blade in very good condition, some
scuffing, a few tiny spots of patina, serial number 5935, firm in
the hilt. The hilt in very good shape, as are the ivory grip scales.
Original gold and crimson sword knot in good condition for age.
The steel scabbard in good order but some minor dents, scrapes and
blemishes. The all weather carry bag is good for age. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
You are unlikely to find another any time soon. A great price,
just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number AF18 (1074). Further / full sized pictures available upon
Please note: the absence of grip rosettes (a defining feature of
mamelukes of the 41st Regiment of Foot) and the sharpened blade
means this is not a similar Lord Lieutenant's mameluke.