1821 Pattern British Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sword / Saber, for sale
In good condition, a 1821 pattern British Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sword / Saber by William Harvey (of Birmingham), with scabbard marked
to the East Kent Mounted Rifles.
William Harvey made swords and blades including for the British
Board of Ordnance (the army's supplier until 1855). Harvey died
in 1846, so the sword pre-dates his death. Marked "E K M R"
to the scabbard (plus "B-19" for weapon 19 of troop B);
this is for the East
Kent Mounted Rifles who were given that name in 1856, so it
is probably a pass down from another, perhaps regular cavalry regiment.
The sword blade has a single old nick to the forward cutting edge,
so it may have seen some action but this is unlikely to have been
at the Crimean War as there are no regimental markings of any nature
to the sword / saber itself. There is a rare BO Broad Arrow mark
to one side of the blade, a feint crown over 1 view (inspection)
mark to the obverse.
The 35 1/8 inch blade is overall good but has inert pitting towards
the point as well as said nick. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
/ guard generally very good for its age but for one small break
of one of the bars (not too noticeable). Grip very good for age
but with some leather loss (not much). Scabbard in good order. Saber
sheathes and draws well.
A very good example with a quite rare BO mark and at a low price,
just £700. Please quote item reference V09. Further / full
sized images available upon request. Box 0945-121x19x16 (3.270).