British Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword
By D. Egg, London, with straight 34 in. double-edged blade, short blind fuller to both sides, typical gilded double boat shell guard, straight reverse taper quillons, gilded ’D’ shaped knuckle-bow and gilded ovoid pommel with twisted silver wire bound grip, complete with its leather scabbard (leather distressed, stitching undone) fitted with gilded brass mounts, the throat signed within a circular borderline ’D. EGG, HAY MARKET LONDON’ and bearing a collection medallion numbered ‘37’.
British Pattern 1821 Artillery Officer’s Sword of Brigadier General Herbert de Toufreville Phillips
The Royal Artillery Sword of Brigadier General Herbert de Toufreville Phillips. This sword is remarkable for a few reasons, firstly that it is the sword of a high-ranking and interesting officer, who served in various campaigns from the 1880s to WW1. It is also a rare product of George Thurkle’s workshop and while the sword dates to the 1880s, the etching and plating appears to have been applied after 1919, with Phillips’ ‘battle honours’ added towards the later stages of his career. The start and end dates (1881-1919) are etched on the blade above the active service dates, as well Phillips’ initials in a cartouche.
British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword
Having a shagreen and copper wire grip, steeped and ball end pommel, brass half basket Gothic style hilt with Royal Cipher, decorative backstrap, forward facing quillon, fullered single edged blade with double edged tip, etched design with royal cipher, ricasso having star of David to one side and the other having makers ’ E. Thurkle Maker Soho London ’ along with the steel scabbard with hanging loops. Measures; 102 cm.
British Pattern 1908 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword for a Canadian Regiment, the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards
British Silver Hilted Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword
83 cm unfullered blade double edged towards the point by S.J. Pillin, Manufacturer Gerrard St., Soho, London etched for virtually its entire length with foliate scrolls, the arms and crest of Middlesex, crowned VR cypher, regimental title of ‘The Queen’s Westminster (13th Middlesex) Rifle Volunteers, regimental badge, presentation inscription, and arms, crest, motto and initials of the recipient, silver regulation gothic hilt incorporating a slung bugle horn, the interior engraved with foliate scrolls, the back-piece cast with scrolling foliage, silver wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its plated scabbard engraved with recipient’s crest and motto, two suspension rings, complete with sword knot of silver bullion cord and acorn. Hallmarked London 1882, and maker’s mark S.J.P.
The inscription reads: Presented on the 12th December 1882 to Major J.W. Comerford, Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers, by members of C. Company, who had served under him whilst Captain of that Company from 1871 to 1882.
That’s a hand guard
British Pattern 1895 Infantry Officer’s Levée
This example appears to be a levée or picquet weight sword for dress rather than a sword intended for active service.
Picquet weight swords, sometimes called
swords, were light weight versions of service swords and were not intended for combat.
Here is an example of a cased set of swords; one for service, one for dress.