1864 Pattern British Cavalry Trooper's Sword,
In very good condition, a rare original Maltese Cross 1864 Pattern
British Cavalry Trooper's Sword by Mole of Birmingham.
Not to be confused with the very common later 1882/85/90 sword,
this is a very rare 1864 pattern; you can instantly tell this from
the double knot slits to the guard and earlier same side / one above
the other suspension rings to the scabbard. This sword, made by
the famous Mole of Birmingham, has a British view / inspection mark
to the blade's spine but no regimental marks anywhere, so it was
bought by the British War Office but likely never issued to a regiment
(or if it was, it stayed in stores). There is a single nick to the
cutting edge so it likely was used in practice.
The 35 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition except for said
single nick and is firm in the hilt. The guard / hilt is good but
with some age and paint remains. The composite grip with age but
sound, well above average. The heavy steel scabbard is very good.
The sword sheathes and draws very well.
An exceptional, well above average example. A true investment at
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
AF34 !099). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.