1817-1830 British EIC Bombay Light Cavalry
Officer's Mameluke, Sold
A King George III or IV British East India Company Bombay Light
Cavalry officer's mameluke sabre (originally green dyed ivory grip).
An incredibly rare mameluke sabre. The blade marked to maker Prosser
"Maker to the King", which means either King George the
3rd or 4th; almost certainly KIng George IV. The "Native Troop
of Cavalry" became the "Bombay Light Cavalry" in
1817. Prosser was sword maker to King George III and IV, but not
William IV, so the sword dates from 1817 to 1830.
The strange grip coloration is due to the ivory having been dyed
green and slowly that dye coming out in places. So, it can either
be dyed green again, to reflect the original owner's preference,
or left to slowly return fully to a natural cream ivory over time.
The 29 3/4 inch blade's etching is feint, but clear enough to see
the EIC Lion and Crown, crossed lances, the Prosser name and claim
to fame, plus the badge for the Bombay Light Cavalry. The blade
is firm in the hilt, the ivory with multiple hairline cracks as
to be expected, but complete and apparently sound. The grip rosettes
and final ring are present (these are often lost). The original
brass scabbard is in poor condition, the top section having broken
in two and corroded in various places.
Our price of £? (too late, now sold) is exceptionally good
given the rarity and investment value of this mameluke. Further
/ larger photos available upon request. Please quote item reference
number B87 (579).