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Perhaps the heart of my business, which covers rapiers, backswords, broadswords, smallswords of the fighting era right through to the 19th and 20th century, principally Austrian, British, French and German. Good reference books include: Robson's book on British military swords (2nd edition); museum catalogues (in particular, for the 17th & 18th centuries, the Wallace Collection's two-volume set); the series (a set of some 30 volumes, out of print) on French military swords by Christian Aries; and, covering Scotland, The swords and the sorrows, the 1996 Culloden exhibition catalogue.

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militaria item Light Cavalry officer's sword, 1796 pattern
- British
This Austrian-influenced sabre would have been carried by British horse artillery and Light Dragoons throughout the Peninsula War and, of course, at Waterloo. It is marked 'Osborns Warranted', a renowned Birmingham sword cutler. It has the post-1801 arms and pre-dates the amalgamation of Osborn & Gunby, which took place in 1807.
£3000.00
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militaria item Roxburghshire Light Dragoon officer's sabre
- Scottish
This sabre can be dated fairly precisely because the regiment was raised in 1797, while the coat of arms is the pre-1801 type. The regiment was specifically called a Yeomanry Light Dragoon regiment as against the Renfrewshire Yeomanry, where Light Dragoons were not mentioned in the title.
£1500.00
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militaria item Heavy Cavalry officer's dress sword, 1796 pattern
- British
This is an Austrian pattern, which was adopted by the British army in 1796 as a dress sword for Heavy Cavalry general officers and militia units. It would have been used throughout the Peninsula War and at Waterloo and beyond until about 1820 or so.
£500.00
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militaria item Silver bullion officer's sword knot
- German
Typical of the period, this sword knot is solid silver bullion throughout. It may be Prussian, but equally could be of some other German state. There is some damage to the bullion on one side and it is heavily tarnished throughout, but essentially it is a good quality item.
£40.00
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militaria item Officer's sword knot, 1896 model, Brunswick?
- German
This has major differences when compared to the standard Prussian officer's knot, principally the outstanding quality of the bullion work and the yellow centre to the base and the yellow fleck in the bullion collar at the top of the knot (hence the possible Brunswick attribution).
£130.00
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militaria item Prussian officer's sword knot
- German
This is the standard Prussian officer's sword knot, worn by all arms from 1896 to 1918. The black leather strap has three strands of silver bullion running through it. The large size suggests pre-war manufacture, as war-time examples are usually considerably smaller, often having only two strands of bullion on the strap.
£60.00
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militaria item Silver-mounted hunting sword
- German
This hanger is almost certainly of German origin, probably the Oels family of Brunswick (the hereditary dukes) because of the presence of the gold 'O' featured in four places on the mounts. An unusual feature is the ovoid pommel, similar to that of a smallsword of the period.
£400.00
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militaria item Cavalry officer's walking out sword, gilt-mounted
- British
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.
£350.00
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militaria item Brass-hilted sawback hanger
- British
This hanger, almost certainly of military or naval origin, is an exceptionally clean example with a 24" sawback blade and a staghorn grip. Typically they would have been used in the Seven Years War, as well as in the US War of Independence. It would have been carried in a brass-mounted leather scabbard, now sadly lacking.
£350.00
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militaria item Heavy Cavalry officer's sword, 1887 pattern
- British
This sword was sold by Wilkinson in 1907 to H W Carson of the Royal Army Medical Corps. This much-decorated officer died in 1918 in Palestine and the sword was subsequently refurbished and given a different set of initials: A.H.S.W. for Arnold Horace Santo Waters, who was a VC winner of the Royal Engineers in November 1918.
£800.00
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