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Title Household Cavalry trooper's sabre, 1903 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1945
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This is the classic sword of both the Royal Horseguards (for which it is actually marked on the quillan 'HG') and the Life Guards. It was made by Wilkinson Sword Company (marked 'WSC' at the forte) and has various issue stamps on the top of the scabbard for 1964, 1968 and 1983. The blade has an issue stamp for 1945.

This sword is the development of the 1821 pattern Heavy Cavalry sabre, which famously saw action at the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava on the same day as the Light Brigade charge. However, the pierced version of this hilt is unique to the Household Cavalry. The initials HC with the king's crown above are worked into the fabric of the hilt. This sword would therefore have been made during the reign of the present queen's father, George VI. There are at present no scabbard liners for this sword - I shall endeavour to make them. (Without them, the sword can be 400.) It comes complete with its buff leather slings.

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

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


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

The iron cross you sent me came on Saturday morning. Very pleased with the medal.

A M, UK, 13.08.2007