In very good condition, a rare British 1821P Pipeback Cavalry Troopers Sword
With the knight’s head trademark of Carl Reinhardt Kirschbaum (1814-1862), this is a very high quality 1821P pipeback sword. The uniquely engraved troop letter and trooper / weapon number “A” over “54” shows it was a trooper’s sword, not an officer’s. Typical British regimental markings format without a regimental identifier as was in the early 19C. As pipebacks were officially replaced by fullered blades in 1822, it is pretty certain that this was one of the first 1821P’s ever made, and a rare pipeback at that. As there are no view / inspection marks, this was a private purchase by the regiment. This sword must have cost much more than most British made 1821P’s. It may well have been, therefore, for a troop sergeant.
The 33 1/4 inch blade in good condition, a few nicks, firm in the hilt / grip. The steel three bar hilt / guard has a light rust but is solid and good. The original ribbed leather grip is good, a little aged and worn. The period chemically browned steel scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
What a rare cracker, really. Bite my hand off at only £750. Please quote item reference AH23. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1676-114x15x14 (1.877).