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Title George IV Light Cavalry officer's sword, 1821 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1821-30
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This is the classic Light Cavalry sword of the early 19th century, worn throughout the Indian campaigns and ultimately at Balaclava in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade. The engraving on the 34.5-inch pipe-back blade, although somewhat worn, is still quite legible. By contrast, both hilt and scabbard have virtually all the original finish.

Both sides of the blade bear identical engraving: the crown and cypher of George IV, the latter in an acanthus wreath; the maker's details - Johnston // Swordcutlers // 68 St. James' St. // London'. The scabbard bears a variant inscription on the reverse: 'R. Johnston // late // Bland & Foster // Sword Cutler & Belt Maker to his Majesty // 68 St. James' St. London'. Together with Prosser, these were the only swordcutlers to be so favoured, both by Geoge III and IV. Richard Johnston was Warden of the Cutlers Company, 1819-20, and also Master. Thus this sword is an exemplary item!

The last eight inches of the the blade have some medium corrosion, no longer active. It has all its original fish skin grip and silver wire binding.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 19th Century]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013


M H, UK, 20.02.2008