Scarce British 1892 Mk II pattern Household Cavalry trooper’s sword made by the Wilkinson Sword Company, London at the tail end of World War Two.
The P1892 Mk II was adopted in 1902 and remains the current dress (ceremonial) pattern for troopers of Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry.
The 875mm slightly curved blade is of the 1890 pattern and has a single edge and a broad, flat spine with upper false edge. The blade has a single, three-quarter length fuller and terminates in a spear point. The forte is stamped with a Broad Arrow, inspection stamp and a bend test stamp. The obverse bears the Wilkinson Sword Company mark and the date stamp for January 1945. An additional stamp of the number 7 is also present. The blade is in excellent condition with minimal age and service related marks and a tiny deformation on the point (which I am happy to rectify without charge).
The steel basket guard with scrolled quillon is in excellent condition and bears the Tudor Crown above the stylised HC initials of the Household Cavalry. The leather grip is in excellent condition and the German silver wire is intact and tight. The use of patterned leather as opposed to shagreen may be due to war-time expediency. The sword was made in the last year of the Second World War and it may have been that shagreen was unavailable. It does not look as though the peen has been disturbed so it is likely that the leather on the grip is original to the sword. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its plated steel scabbard. The scabbard is in essence the P1885 Mk II with the addition of a single loose ring. The scabbard is in very good condition with mild service wear to the plating in two places. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
Household Cavalry trooper’s swords do not come on to the market very often and this is a great example.
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