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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 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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militaria item Light Cavalry officer's sword, 1788 pattern variant
- British
This iron-mounted sabre, dating from the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, would have been carried by a British officer in a cavalry or yeomanry unit. Singularly, it has a backstrap/pommel in the form of a lion's head, something I have never seen on this pattern in over 50 years of arms dealing. All I need is a good portrait to pin it down!
£2000.00
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militaria item Royal Navy officer's sword, 1827 pattern
- British
This sword by Gieves (engraved on the forte of the blade) is a George V example, typical of RN officer's swords used in both wars, the later examples, as here, having a rather slim blade and lightweight grip, as against the earlier ones which were rather more substantial. Interestingly, German practice followed a similar path.
£375.00
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militaria item Garde Fusilier officer's sword
- German
This Prussian sword's simple design was introduced in the mid-19th century, originally with a slightly curved, pipe-backed blade in a leather and brass mounted scabbard for all Fusilier regiments and battalions of the Prussian army. The guard star marks it as being Garde Fusilier and the black painted scabbard dates it as being post-1905.
£400.00
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militaria item Hunting hanger with tortoiseshell grip
- German
The hilt could be Dutch or French, the use of tortoiseshell having been introduced to Europe in the late 17th century, probably through Dutch colonial connections. The mid 18th-century German blade (26" long) would have replaced an earlier, shorter, straight, double-edged blade (broken?), probably to enable the weapon's use as a naval hanger.
£550.00
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militaria item Small sword pommel
- French
This little gem (1 & 3/4" high approx) is a relic of the Ancien Regime of France, contemporary with the later era of the American Revolutionary Wars. It is made of chiselled iron with a stippled mercury gilt finish. The rest of the hilt would have been en suite with the pommel and complete examples are now comparatively rare.
£60.00
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militaria item Prussian train battalion/artillery sabre, 1896 pattern
- German
This is the last pattern artillery sabre, in use by the German army until 1918, and through the 20s and 30s. In the very early years of WW2, this model of sabre was also carried by the Third Reich cavalry. Further, it was worn by the Polish cavalry as booty in the form of reparations from WW1.
£400.00
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militaria item Silver smallsword, Inspecteur aux Revues
- French
This sword, dating from 1805-09, would have been carried by an Inspecteur aux (or 'des') Revues (the equivalent of Commissary in the British Army), responsible for pay, provisions (hence the ears of wheat on the guard and knuckle bow) and the depot system. Before this sword, they simply carried an ordinary infantry sword. The sword is rare.
£1200.00
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militaria item US dragoon officer's sword, 1831 model
- American
This is one of the rarest of the post-1812 War cavalry swords. The Federal army was microscopic at this time, perhaps only 30,000 strong, the numbers only gearing up for the Mexican War of 1848. The design is a direct copy of the British light cavalry sabre of the same era.
£575.00
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The package arrived savely today and the piece is absolutely marvellous.

It was a pleasure doing business with you and I'm looking forward to future aquisitions.

H W, Austria, 04.02.2016

The buckle arrived today in good order. Many thanks. I will keep an eye on your website for other buckles that may interest me...

A N, UK, 30.09.2008

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