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Title Cavalry officer's walking out sword, gilt-mounted
Nationality British
Period c 1785
Price £350.00
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This rare sword would have been carried as a dress item by a cavalry officer from the mid 1780s to the early 1790s. There is a portrait recorded by Romney, painted in 1780, of one Robert Shore Milnes of the Royal Horse Guards, wearing the dismounted service uniform and such a sword.

There is a steel-mounted with ebony grip example of one of these in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The sword appears in Nick Norman's preparatory catalogue of the cavalry swords in that collection (London Arms & Armour Society Journal, Vol IX, No 6, Dec 1979. He seems to have been the only author to have picked up that this is specifically a cavalry walking out sword, rather than infantry, engineers, etc. But then he was a great one for tying in portraits showing specific types of swords.

The grip is ebony with a gilt wire binding, most of which is now missing. The ears of the hilt have been removed on both sides, but the blade does not appear to have been replaced, other than possibly in its working life. This particular blade is a 33" broadsword pattern of the type normally associated with the boat shell hilt of the 1790s, while these swords were normally mounted with a backsword blade like a 1796 pattern infantry officer's sword (see the ivory-mounted one also on my site).

Sadly, only traces of the original gilding remain, visible clearly round the pommel button. The hilt itself would appear to be made of gilding metal of some sort.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 18th Century]

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I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

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