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Title Light Cavalry officer's sword, 1821 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1825
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This George IV sword (GR on the blade) is by Hawkes & Moseley (on the blade), manufacturers to the king. Replacing the 1796 pattern, this pattern was used continuously until 1845 when the fullered blade was introduced. Many of the officers in the Light Brigade would have carried examples, with assorted monarchs' ciphers on the blades.

There is a small possibility that the monogram on the blade is WR rather than GR (ie William IV rather than George IV), which would mean it was a little later (1830-37), but I am pretty certain that it is GR.

This has a 35.5" blade with a light curve, a black fishskin grip bound with silver wire and a brightly polished scabbard and hilt. The blade is excellent, retaining virtually all its original factory polish, except for a 7" section at the bottom showing old cleaned out spider rust. The blade has its original leather washer and the hilt has never been out. The scabbard retains its original wood liners.

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

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


Safely received in post today, and pleased with the items.

Thank-you for easy transaction and prompt despatch.

P M, UK, 19.04.2012

Thanks and badge arrived this am an excellent find so thanks once again.

C D, UK, 12.01.2010