The British 1831 pattern General Officers’ Mameluke sabre has its origins in the scimitar-like swords carried by the Mamluks, the ruling military caste of Ottoman Egypt until 1811. The Duke of Wellington was a famous proponent of the Mameluke sabre. After the Napoleonic Wars, Wellington’s status as a national hero was a key factor in the sabres adoption as the pattern for General Officers. Mameluke swords were carried as dress (levee) swords by most Light Cavalry and Hussar regiments.
This fine Victorian Mameluke sabre made by Edward Thurkle was the property of a General Officer of the 15th (The Kings) Hussars and is complete with the regiments’ dress bullion knot.
The 800mm single edged blade has a pronounced curve and clip point with a 290mm upper false edge. The un-fullered blade has a flat spine and is etched on both sides with the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria, laurels and palm fronds and the crossed baton and sabre of General rank. The ricasso bears the starred brass proof stud associated with Edward Thurkle.
The blade is in good condition. The etching is clear and the blade is bright with patches of dark tarnish.
The gilt brass cross-guard is in very good condition and displays a central wreath containing the crossed baton and sabre. The ivory grip is in good condition with closed hairline cracks to the ivory and a minor repair on one side at the pommel. The grip scales are held firmly on the tang by two rivets with gilded roseate heads. There is some slight movement of the blade in the hilt.
The sabre is complete with its gilded brass scabbard with two hanging rings. The scabbard is in good condition with one minor dent below the second suspension ring and damage to the drag. The sabre draws and sheathes smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.