This beautiful 1821 pattern light cavalry officer’s sword was made between 1845 and 1853 and is in fantastic condition.
The 900mm slightly curved blade has a thick, flat spine above a wide, three-quarter length fuller. The blade is double-edged for the final 260mm and terminates in a spear point. The blade is in excellent condition and is etched with foliate scrollwork above the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The obverse is similarly etched. The blade was service sharpened and its period of manufacture makes it likely that it saw service in the Crimean War.
The ricasso bears the cutler’s details, Cater’s, 56 Pall Mall, London. Cater used this style of maker etching between 1832 and 1856. The obverse ricasso bears a brass proof stud showing the word “PROOF” over a flower. The use of proof studs was invented by the Wilkinson Sword Co. in 1845, enabling this sword to be dated to between 1845 and 1853, the latter date being when the new 1853 pattern universal cavalry sword was adopted.
The blade is firm in the iron three-bar hilt. The bars of the guard are in great condition. The shagreen wrapped grip is in excellent condition and the three strands of wire are intact and tight.
The sword is complete with its polished iron scabbard with twin suspension rings and asymmetrical, lyre-shaped shoe. The scabbard is in great condition and the sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within.
This is a great example of an increasingly hard to find 1821 light cavalry officer’s sword.