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Title Cavalry walking out sword
Nationality British
Period c 1790
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This sword has a scaled down version of the Birmingham made heavy cavalry blades of the mid-18th century, typically found on Harvey backswords. Walking out swords were carried instead of a smallsword for civilian and dismounted duties. They were not normally carried on the battlefield, where typically a heavy backsword would be used.

The grip is ebony, the hilt is polished iron and the blade is 32.5".

This sword has suffered severe damage to the ebony grip at the pommel. Moreover, it had to be dismantled to sort out various anomalies, and the pommel button was replaced. I have the original, for interest's sake, of which my restorer made an excellent copy, introducing a screw thread to the end of the tang, whereas in the original the tang was simply peened over the pommel button. This restoration is reflected in the price of the piece.

These are quite rare swords and the blade is a particularly fine one, despite some quite deep old pitting holes scattered throughout the length.

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

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


Second buckle arrived. Very pleased with it. Thanks. I'll be keeping an eye on your website for more buckles.

D R, UK, 12.01.2011

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005