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Title 1908 pattern trooper's sword
Nationality British
Period c 1913
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This sword was almost certainly used by the 5th Cavalry Brigade (regular and yeomanry units) in Syria in their campaign against the Vichy French, probably the last time the British cavalry ever carried a sword in combat. However, it is not regimentally marked - they were the only cavalry that I am aware of that were issued with swords in WW2.

It is the classic cavalry sword of the 20th century, adopted in a very similar format by the US army at about the same period. It used the concept of the thrust going quicker to the mark than any cut, and doing infinitely more damage. Ironic that when the British finally got the sword right, cavalry was virtually obsolete.

A very fine example with most of the original factory polish to the blade and various date stamps: 1913, 1916, 1918, 1927, 1931, 1935 and, finally, 1941. The blade has an Enfield inspection stamp with the broad arrow mark at the forte. The sword was probably made by Wilkinson's, and the scabbard is marked 'WSC' (Wilkinson Sword Co.) and dated 1915 and 1940. This sword is in excellent shape throughout, but has a light lacquer finish applied to scabbard and hilt, though not the vulcanite grip, and there is minor age patination to all the metalwork under the lacquer.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 20th Century]


Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005