In overall good to very good condition, a 1912P British Cavalry Officer’s Sword, Knot, Scabbard and Carry Bag, circa 1936
A rare sword. 1936 Because there is no royal cypher, just the British Royal Crown and Royal Coat of Arms. This almost certainly means it was made during the short reign of King Edward VIII (of Mrs. Simpson fame) for an officer uncertain as to whether an ERVIII cypher was a good idea, or even acceptable; no maker’s / retailer’s name adding to this theory. You really do not come across many of these swords, for sure. What is more, the leather carry bag has the officer’s initials on it, G H R, so there is a very good chance research would reveal his name; this could drastically increase the value of this sword, for sure.
The 35 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition, some minor patina patches, firm in the hilt. The hilt / bowl guard very good, some old metal polish in the engraved sections and a milky tarnish to the inside of the guard, both of which could be cleaned to bring the hilt to near as new if desired. The faux fishskin grip and twisted grip wire with some wear but very good. The original sword knot with age and wear but good. The plated steel scabbard very good but for a kink near the drag / chape. The sword sheathes and draws well but more tightly when nearly fully sheathed due to the scabbard’s kink. The leather carry bag is aged and the seams coming apart around the hood.
What a great sword / find and in well above average condition with distinct research potential. Worth the price tag and maybe much more; £750. Please quote item reference X82. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1361-123x20x20 (3.455).