The blade and hilt in very good condition, an almighty Hamburger,
Rogers & Co made 1821 pattern (1887 for blade length) British
heavy cavalry officer's sword.
This is a beauty of a sword, though the scabbard not so. The sword
was protected in Victorian varnish (they used this often to preserve
steel items) but they forgot to coat the scabbard! The 35 1/4 inch
slightly curved blade indicates this sword was made circa 1887,
as this is the year that specific blade length was considered the
norm. In case you see dust on the sword, it is not, it is pollen
(sorry, the sword was left outside overnight (covered) after having
the varnish removed and no one realized it had gained a dusting
of pollen (now wiped off) before photographing it.
The 35 /14 inch blade is well etched and in very good original
condition (two small specs of varnish on one side we noticed also
after photographing it; again, now removed). The blade has been
period sharpened and very well done. Blade firm in the hilt. The
steel hilt in wonderful condition. The fishskin grip is very good,
as are the associated twisted grip wire bindings. The scabbard has
suffered in poor storage conditions over the years, but still (you
could use a compound to hide the pitting, then use a steel finish
paint if desired). The sword sheathes and draws OK; the inner wooden
slat liners have perished of course.
This is a lot of quality mighty sword for the price tag of £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference H32 (1002). Further
/ full sized images upon request.