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Title Cavalry sword, 1908 pattern
Nationality British
Period 1915
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A good example, with two layers of original paintwork to the hilt: dark green for France, and khaki for Egypt, Macedonia, Palestine and Mesopotamia. This is an Enfield product, with a scabbard by Wilkinson Sword. It is the last and best pattern cavalry sword of the British Army, designed for thrusting rather than cutting.

The blade (32.25 inches), with an issue stamp for July 1915, has minor surface pitting, now mostly polished out overall, with some deeper scars in the last ten inches of the point. The forte is stamped 'EFD' for the ordnance factory at Enfield Lock, North London.

The sword has obviously seen hard service, as the scabbard, dated 1915, has been bent and straitened, most of the paint having worn off. There are four bald areas to the paint on the hilt, consonant with rubbing against saddlery in service (it was worn strapped in a horseshoe frog, normally on the left, behind the saddle). I cleaned the vulcanite grip and the blade, the rest being best left well alone!

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


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

testimonials

Just a quick email to inform you that the belt component has arrived today and to again thank you for the smooth transaction and postage. It's an eye catching piece.

P R, UK, 22.02.2013

I am wholly delighted with the shako plate. [It] is a wee cracker. It is a real pleasure to have something combining both condition and quality in equal parts, and I simply could not be more pleased.

R H, UK, 08.01.2010

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