1821 Patt British Royal Horse Artillery Trooper's
In good condition, a scarce British Royal Horse Artillery trooper's
sabre / sword, Crimean War provenance.
A Woolley, Sargant & Fairfax (1826 - 1834) made sword with
later Enfield made 1821P replacement scabbard marked 1849 (the original
scabbard likely became "unserviceable"). Clear evidence
that the Royal Horse Artillery were still using the 1821P during
the Crimean War (not the 1853P - it was about half and half between
these two models) from photographs of Sergeant Major James Beardsley,
'C' troop of the Royal Horse Artillery taken in Aldershot July 1856,
after the Crimean War, wearing a three bar 1821P like this one.
The scabbard for this sword bearing "RHA D 172" (weapon
172 of D troop of the Royal Horse Artillery).
The 35 inch blade has endured a long, hard service life and it
shows. Apart from the aging / rusting (now cleaned) that has removed
the inspection marks (some feint markings still visible with careful
close study) and made the maker's name feint, the tip (period sharpened)
has clearly found its mark as there is a slight wobble to it, and
sure signs of wear through sharpening, plus a few period nicks.
This sword has the authentic aged signs of having been used in combat.
Blade firm in the hilt, equally lightly pitted from former rust
damage, nut still very sound. The grip with clear signs of wear,
and a couple of worm holes (no extra charge for these), but still
sound and with most of the original leather intact. The more recent
scabbard in better condition than the sword. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A great and honest (again, these swords had long and arduous service
lives and those that do not reflect this in their condition are
not honest examples for mainstream regiments like the RHA). Yours
for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
AA41 (0034). Further / large images available upon request.