In good condition, a 1912P Royal Horse Guards Officer’s Sword with WW1 Battle Honours
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Etched to cutler “Bartels & Co 4 Hanover Court Hanover St. W (West London)”. George 5th; almost certainly 1919 / 1920 just after the official World One battle honours for each regiment were announced. It is rare to find a 1912P with battle honours and a chemically browned guard (done for active service as the normal plated steel version reflects and is an officer giveaway as a target). The Royal Regiment of Horse Guards / Royal Horse Guards was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry, known as The Blues; later (1969) merged with the 1st Dragoon Guards to become the Blues and Royals.
The supremely well etched 35 1/2 inch blade, resplendent with battle honours to and including WW1, in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The chemically browned guard with “RHG” motif is very good but the browning has started to “spot off”. The fishskin grip and twisted wire bindings are very good for age. The plated steel scabbard is a little milky (a good metal finishing polish would likely make it look new) but very good; yes, there would have been a leather field service scabbard originally, but it is gone. The sword sheathes and draws well but very tightly when nearly fully sheathed; this and the blade / grip conditions indicate it was purchased and not used / carried much at all.
Find another, and in this great condition! was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AH37. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box?