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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The last eight inches of the the blade have some medium corrosion, no longer active.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 the two propelling pencils, in the form of pistols, have just arrived in the condition you sent them. Thank you very much indeed for your excellent and prompt service, and I will keep a look out on your site for any other pencils you may have for sale in the future.

M H, UK, 09.02.2011

Received the buttons today, many thanks and I hope to be dealing again with you very soon.

S M, UK, 10.02.2009