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**SUPERB**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British Osborn & Gunby (Birmingham) 1803 Pattern Light Infantry & Grenadiers Flank Officer’s Sword With Blued & Etched Warranted Sabre Blade Buff Leather Cord, Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 18463 - 18463
Henry Osborn Birmingham started manufacture in or around 1785 and became partners with John Gunby in 1805, before they began working separately in 1820. The development of the Pattern 1803 Flank Officer's sword goes back to the late 18th century, when light infantry units were formed in the British Army. The Grenadiers and light companies of a battalion were considered the elite of these infantry regiments, and could be detached and deployed separately as skirmishers. Grenadiers were the senior company of any infantry battalion and would typically lead an assault. When the battalion was deployed in line, the grenadier and light companies were deployed on the right and left flanks respectively, and both companies could be could be called upon to operate in looser formations and semi-independently. The added element of risk associated with detached skirmishing in looser formations meant that officers of light infantry needed a more robust fighting sword. By 1799, sufficient numbers of officers of these regiments and companies were using sabres rather than the Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword, enough for them to be given official leave to wear sabres instead. In addition to being a more practical weapon, these sabres could be more easily hitched up, as they were suspended on slings rather than the shoulder belt and frog of the Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer's sword. This ensured that the weapon did not inhibit movement when skirmishing over broken ground. This need for a more robust weapon was formally acknowledged by the King in 1803, when he approved 'a Pattern Sword for the Officers of Grenadiers and Light Infantry'. Despite this regulation there exists a great deal of variety in 1803 Pattern swords. most have a slotted hilt with the royal cypher (GR) on the knuckle-guard, which joins the head of the back piece at a Lion's head pommel. The blade is commonly quite broad for an infantry sword, with a single fuller. In terms of general form, the sword is similar to the curved sabres of the light cavalry, and the blade is comparable to a slighter version of the 1796 Light Cavalry sword. This similarity was perhaps deliberate, as at this time light infantry across Europe were increasingly taking their military stylings from their light cavalry counterparts. Both light infantry and cavalry considered themselves an elite, and were keen to distinguish themselves from their comrades in the line through different uniform and equipment. The 1803 Officer’s sword was issued with a leather scabbard. The sword was approved for both flank officers of line infantry regiments as well as those few regiments in the British Army designated as light infantry. In addition to this, Regimental officers (Majors, Lieutenant-Colonels and Colonels) were permitted to carry the sword. This is an original very rare to find example of a British 1803 Pattern Flank Officer's sword (see page 168 of World Swords by Withers & page 151 of Swords Of The British Army by Robson). Our superb example has the correct pierced brass guard with Crown GR cypher Grenadier’s ignited grenade device and Lion’s head pommel. The wire bound leather covered grip is excellent. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32” long fullered, single edged sabre blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is correctly gold etched and blued on all sides for ½ of its length. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, Georgian Crown GR cypher, heraldic devices and ‘Osborn & Gunby’s Warranted’ banner. All of the etching and blueing are crisp. The sword comes with its original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The surface of the leather has just light scuffs to be expected with age and use. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring. The central brass mount also has a hanging ring. The scabbard has a large brass chape. The price for this quality sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 18463
£2,750.00

Inter War 1919 Wilkinson Pall Mall (London)British Army In India WD ‘Small Grip’ 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Parade Sword & Scabbard. Sn 18360 - 18360
The British Army of India variant of the 1908 sword featured a smaller grip to match the generally smaller hands of cavalry troopers recruited in the sub-continent. As private purchases, officer's swords sometimes showed some variation from the standard pattern. Occasionally whole Regiments would have their own variation on the theme. This British Indian Army 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers parade sword & scabbard is in very good condition. The Sword has an undamaged 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade is clean and Wilkinson Pall Mall manufacturer mark together with ‘5 19’ date (May 1919) and WD ordnance inspection marks. The spine has ‘IP 08’ (India pattern 1908 designation) and it has its original leather hilt washer. The polished steel bowl guard has a mark which appears to be ‘TX II’ possibly a Regiment or Armoury mark and ‘WSC’ (Wilkinson Sword Company) together with WD arrow. It has an the typical smaller India issue grip which in this example is undamaged black stippled composite with correct thumb recess. It is complete with its original polished steel parade scabbard with fixed hanging rings. The scabbard is marked ‘AYC’ most likely a Regiment mark. The scabbard has 2 fixed hanging rings and no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18360
£475.00

Victorian Era Malacca Sword Stick With Tri-foil Blade, Decorated Antique Ivory Pommel Cap Pierced With Stylised Monogram. Sn 18294 - 18294
This is an attractive Victorian Mallaca Sword Stick. The handle’s pommel cap is antique ivory inlaid with and the top pierced with stylised monogram. The handle has a brass ferrule beneath the pommel cap and ringed holes fitted with later wrist cord. It’s tri-foil form blade is 30” length and tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade has staining consistent with age. The sword stick itself measures 36 ¾” overall length. The sword stick measures 38 ¼” overall in its scabbard. The scabbard has a conical brass end cap and brass ferrule at the throat. The price includes UK delivery. (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 5% Volume & Weight). Sn 18294
£575.00

Georgian Era 'Military Outfitter’s Sample' Miniature British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. Sn 18123:1 - 18123:1
The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars (see page 77 of World Swords by Withers). The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords. This piece is most likely a sample piece made provided by sword manufacturer’s to Military Outfitters in the Georgian era to advertise their full size weapons. It is in as found & un-messed with condition. The sword measures just 22” overall and the fullered curved 18 ¾” sabre blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks. The brass guard with knuckle bow and langets is typical 1796 pattern. The original leather and wire gilt binding of the wood grip is tired and worn. Some sections of wire binding are absent. Its original steel scabbard has some minor dents but no cracks or splits. The scabbard has 2 brass hanging ring mounts with 2 brass or German Silver hanging rings attached. The price for this unusual piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18123:1
£395.00

18th Century German Forestry Deer / Boar Hunting Sidearm With Polished Horn Hilt & Ornately Decorated Clamshell Mounts . Sn 18115:10 - 18115:10
This is an original German form Forestry Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Deer or Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This example has an undamaged ribbed polished horn hilt. The steel mounts including cross guard with re-curving cross guard are decorated with cast hunting imagery. The cross guard has hunting dogs head finials, with a Boars’s head on one side of the cross guard and Stag’s head on the reverse. Its clamshell has Deer resting in a field scene surrounded by Oak leaves. Its 25 ¼” single edged blade with fullers has staining consistent with age and is decorated on both sides with light engraved foliate decoration. It measures 32 ¼” overall. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. As is common the sidearm is without scabbard. The price for this attractive hunting sidearm includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:10
£625.00

Indochina / Burmese Dha (aka Dah) Sword With Tropical Wood Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18115:8 - 18115:8
Dha (also spelled dah) is the Burmese word for "knife." The term dha is conventionally used refer to a wide variety of knives and swords used by many people across Indochina, especially present-day Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dha vary considerably according to locality but they share a few features that define them apart from other weapons and tools of the area. These features are a round cross-section grip, a long, gently curving blade (sometimes upward, other times downward in the direction of use) with a single edge, and no guard. This is an original Indochina / Burmese Dha sword and scabbard. The sword has a typical broad steel single edged blade which is curved and measures 23” length (29” overall). The blade is sharp and has just small areas of light staining. There are no maker or date marks on the blade. The typical handle is tropical wood, with brass ferrule at the pommel and flared ribbed copper and brass ferrule where the hilt meets the blade, flared to provide a finger guard. The blade is secure in the handle. The scabbard consists of 2 sections of tropical wood bound together by wire bands. The centre of the scabbard is bound with red cord faded to pink with age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:8
£195.00

Indochina / Burmese Dha (aka Dah) Sword With Tropical Wood Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18115:7 - 18115:7
Dha (also spelled dah) is the Burmese word for "knife." The term dha is conventionally used refer to a wide variety of knives and swords used by many people across Indochina, especially present-day Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dha vary considerably according to locality but they share a few features that define them apart from other weapons and tools of the area. These features are a round cross-section grip, a long, gently curving blade (sometimes upward, other times downward in the direction of use) with a single edge, and no guard. This is an original Indochina / Burmese Dha sword and scabbard. The sword has a typical broad steel single edged blade with fullers which is curved and measures 23” length (30 ½” overall). The blade is sharp and has just small areas of light staining. There are no maker or date stamps on the blade. The typical handle is tropical wood, with brass ferrules at the pommel and where the hilt meets the blade. The hilt ferrule is ribbed and flared to provide a finger guard. The blade is secure in the handle. The scabbard consists of 2 sections of tropical wood bound together by wire bands. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:7
£245.00

Napoleonic Wars Era British Royal Navy Seaman’s Boarding Cutlass With 1804 Pattern ‘Figure Of 8’ Guard Hilt. Sn 18115:9 - 18115:9
The British Royal Navy due to its global presence and command of the sea was by far the most organised and trained of all the World major sea services and it's edged weapons used for boarding and repelling boarders reflected this. The Royal Navy was one of the first Navies in the 18th Century to begin standardising the personal edged weapons used by ordinary seaman. The 1804 Pattern Naval Seaman’s Boarding cutlass was the first regulation Naval cutlass issued to British Seamen (see page 241 of World Swords by Withers where a cutlass with 1804 pattern hilt the same as ours is illustrated). British Naval Boarding Cutlasses were made by a number of Government contracted manufacturers and with various grip designs and markings. This is a very good original British RN boarding Cutlass. It has the correct 1804 pattern hilt consisting of a black painted flat metal figure of 8 shaped guard and ribbed ebonised wood handle. The 24” long curved cutlass blade with fullers has just light staining and the cutting edge has no nicks or damage. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the blade or hilt. As is common the cutlass is without scabbard. The price for this piece of British Naval history includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:9
£795.00

**AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH**WW1 Era Imperial German WKC (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen) Artillery Officer’s Etched Blade Dress Sword Lion’s Head With ‘Jewelled’ Eyes Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 18281 - 18281
This is an attractive, original Imperial German Artillery Officer's dress sword in as found un-messed with condition. The sword has a brass guard ornately decorated with Oak leaves and cross guard with Puma’s head finial. The cross guard has langets, one decorated with artillery crossed cannons device the other with void shield. The impressive Lion’s head pommel has red glass ‘jewelled’ eyes and the grip strap has Lion’s mane and foliate devices . It has an undamaged grooved polished horn or hardwood grip. The brass has traces of original gilding. The sword measures 36 ½” overall and its 30 ¾” single edged, curved blade with fullers has light foliate etched decoration on both sides and the spine. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. One side of the Ricasso has the manufacturer’s mark that appears to be WKC (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen) and trademark obscured by one of the langets (difficult to see & photograph but illustrated in image 2) . The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with 2 hanging ring mounts. One mount has its original hanging ring, the other is absent its ring. The scabbard has just a couple of small dents but no splits or cracks. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18281
£395.00

Early 19th Century French Forestry Deer / Boar Hunting Sidearm With Ornate Carved Bone Stylised Eagle’s Head Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18115:6 - 18115:6
This is an original French form Forestry Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Deer or Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This example has an ornately carved bone stylised Eagle’s head form hilt. The bone has a repair to the handle performed at some point in its life. The repair is stable and secure. It has an ornate re-curving brass cross guard with Eagle’s head finials. Its 22” heavy single edged blade with fullers has staining and areas of old stable areas of pitting consistent with age. It measures 28” overall. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. The weapon is complete with its brown leather scabbard with rear seam, brass throat mount with tear drop locket and long chape with ball end . The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price for this substantial hunting sidearm includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:6
£475.00
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