William IV British Cavalry Officer's Pipe-Back
Mameluke, for sale
An exceptionally rare 1830's (William 4th) British cavalry officer's
This is such a rare sword, a King William 4th British cavalry officer's
mameluke sabre. This example is levee sized but not a dress sword,
with its steel field scabbard and the tip period sharpened, this
sabre was probably carried by an active regiment officer on campaign
but when not prepared for battle; it is mid way between a dress
sword and a battle sword and I suspect he had all three.
The 32 1/4 inch pipe-backed blade with quill point is in good condition,
a few patina patches here and there, etched with early tablet form
version of William IV's royal cypher plus the maker's name "Moore,
Late Bicknell & Moore, Old Bond St, London". The blade
firm in the hilt and sheathes / draws quite well. One of the ivory
grip pieces has a section missing and the little brass studs that
fill the securing holes are gone, and one quillon slightly bent,
but the hilt is quite good for ivory and its age; the hilts on these
sabres were very prone to loss and damage, so this is a well above
average example. The steel scabbard has had some corrosion and one
side of the bottom next to the drag has some small holes, but overall
sound and a real bonus to have an original scabbard. This should
be snapped up quickly at £600 as it is such a rare sword.
Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote reference
number B21 - Box 443-1m.