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Perhaps the heart of my business, which covers rapiers, backswords, broadswords, smallswords of the fighting era right through to the 19th and 20th century, principally Austrian, British, French and German. Good reference books include: Robson's book on British military swords (2nd edition); museum catalogues (in particular, for the 17th & 18th centuries, the Wallace Collection's two-volume set); the series (a set of some 30 volumes, out of print) on French military swords by Christian Aries; and, covering Scotland, The swords and the sorrows, the 1996 Culloden exhibition catalogue.

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militaria item Silver bullion officer's sword knot
- German
This is typical of this period and is solid silver bullion throughout. It may be Prussian, but equally it could be some other German state. There is some damage to the bullion on one side and it is heavily tarnished throughout, but essentially it is a good quality item.
£40.00
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militaria item Officer's sword knot, 1896 model, Brunswick?
- German
This has major differences when compared to the standard Prussian officer's knot, principally the outstanding quality of the bullion work and the yellow centre to the base and the yellow fleck in the bullion collar at the top of the knot (hence the possible Brunswick attribution).
£130.00
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militaria item Prussian officer's sword knot
- German
This is the standard Prussian officer's sword knot, worn by all arms from 1896 to 1918. The black leather strap has three strands of silver bullion running through it. The large size suggests pre-war manufacture, as war-time examples are usually considerably smaller, often having only two strands of bullion on the strap.
£60.00
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militaria item Silver-mounted hunting sword
- German
This hanger is almost certainly of German origin, probably the Oels family of Brunswick (the hereditary dukes) because of the presence of the gold 'O' featured in four places on the mounts. An unusual feature is the ovoid pommel, similar to that of a smallsword of the period.
£400.00
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militaria item Cavalry officer's walking out sword, gilt-mounted
- British
This rare sword would have been carried as a dress item by a cavalry officer from the mid 1780s to the early 1790s. There is a portrait recorded by Romney, painted in 1780, of one Robert Shore Milnes of the Royal Horse Guards, wearing the dismounted service uniform and such a sword.
£350.00
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militaria item Brass-hilted sawback hanger
- British
This hanger, almost certainly of military or naval origin, is an exceptionally clean example with a 24" sawback blade and a staghorn grip. Typically they would have been used in the Seven Years War, as well as in the US War of Independence. It would have been carried in a brass-mounted leather scabbard, now sadly lacking.
£350.00
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militaria item Heavy Cavalry officer's sword, 1887 pattern
- British
This sword was sold by Wilkinson in 1907 to H W Carson of the Royal Army Medical Corps. This much-decorated officer died in 1918 in Palestine and the sword was subsequently refurbished and given a different set of initials: A.H.S.W. for Arnold Horace Santo Waters, who was a VC winner of the Royal Engineers in November 1918.
£800.00
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militaria item Light Cavalry officer's sword, 1788 pattern variant
- British
This iron-mounted sabre, dating from the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, would have been carried by a British officer in a cavalry or yeomanry unit. Singularly, it has a backstrap/pommel in the form of a lion's head, something I have never seen on this pattern in over 50 years of arms dealing. All I need is a good portrait to pin it down!
£2000.00
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militaria item Royal Navy officer's sword, 1827 pattern
- British
This sword by Gieves (engraved on the forte of the blade) is a George V example, typical of RN officer's swords used in both wars, the later examples, as here, having a rather slim blade and lightweight grip, as against the earlier ones which were rather more substantial. Interestingly, German practice followed a similar path.
£375.00
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militaria item Garde Fusilier officer's sword
- German
This Prussian sword's simple design was introduced in the mid-19th century, originally with a slightly curved, pipe-backed blade in a leather and brass mounted scabbard for all Fusilier regiments and battalions of the Prussian army. The guard star marks it as being Garde Fusilier and the black painted scabbard dates it as being post-1905.
£400.00
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