In good condition, an 1821P British Cavalry / Mounted Officer’s Campaign Sword
This sword / sabre came from the Army famous Eccles family. We say “mounted officer” because it may well have belonged to Ensign Cuthbert Eccles (later Major General Cuthbert Eccles) of the 4th Foot (King’s Own Royal Regiment)! It came from the Eccles family, his descendants, but that is pretty much all we know. His son, Cuthbert John Eccles, was in the 16th Lancers but was only born in 1870; this sabre dates 1821 to 1845-1850. We can find no information on Ensign Cuthbert Eccles’ father or siblings, if he had any, but it may well equally have been a relative’s. There you go; research!
It is a plain bladed 1821P but with no Board of Ordnance or regimental marks, so it was a private purchase and, coming from the Eccles family, thereby an officer’s campaign sword.
The 35 1/2 inch period sharpened blade has some nicks but is otherwise in good aged condition and firm in the hilt. The iconic steel three bar guard has patina / age but is good. The black fishskin grip has some wear but is still good; the associated twisted grip wire bindings have lost some strands and are wayward in please. The steel field service scabbard has age / some light pitting, but is good for its age. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Rare sword with research potential, an absolute bargain at just £700. Please quote item reference ZZ66. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1776-109x15x14 (2.348)