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Title Imperial Chinese cavalry sword
Nationality Chinese
Period 1890s
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This rare sword by E & F Horster of Solingen, in a contract numbering approximately 850 pieces, was made for the Chinese government at the end of the 19th century and is based on the 1889 pattern Prussian cavalry sword.

It would have been captured during the Boxer Rebellion of 1904 by the East Asia expeditionary force of the German army and subsequently used by their cavalry in China at Tsing-Tau until the fort was captured by a combined force of British and Japanese troops in 1914 (ie captured twice). The reason why these swords always appear in England is that they were primarily looted by British troops in this campaign, viz the South Wales Borderers amongst others.

The condition is excellent; there are, however, some traces of minor surface rust to the interior of the guard and some minor patination to the pommel and the ferrule on the grip. It has its original pinewood slides, which have been thoroughly cleaned of all grease using methylated spirits. The grip is of composition material, a form of hardened rubber. The sword has a polished steel hilt and scabbard, which has been carefully cleaned by hand.

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

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Just to let you know the badge arrived safely. Thank you very much. I'm very pleased with it.

R L, UK, 22.04.2009

Thank you. I have received the bayonet. It is indeed in excellent condition and miracle! It fits my antique P53 perfectly.

A F, Belgium, 29.08.2005

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