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Daniel Parry




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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: A few late 18th/19th century         Reply with quote

Turn of century and after


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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Swords for all occasions, I like them. That's a really nice piece of ivory there. The last sword in here is an oddball little horn gripped spadroon.

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Daniel Parry




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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: To complete the occasions         Reply with quote

To complete the occasions, a night at the opera. The ivory hilt on the spadroon is very nice, a lot of the reason I bought it. Simple but really nicely executed, Blade is in good condition too, but overly cleaned so the etched decoration is faded.


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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: A very special sword         Reply with quote

I thought I would add this one as although it isn't much it is a very special sword to me. It is the first antique sword I ever bought when I was 13 years old with money from mowing lawns and chores. I was interested in antiques arms and armour from when I was a kid and read any book I could get my hands on on the subject. There were only a few antique shops around and no arms and armour so when this sword appeared in a window I was overjoyed. It isn't much as you can see. A spadroon hilted sabre with the knucklebow missing and heavily patinated. Maybe a late 18th century/early 19th century colonial militia sword maybe ? To this day I don't know.

It was in the window for 11 (this was 30 odd years ago) but I only had 8 from mowing. I remember going down to the shop armed with my research and recent auction catalogues I had got hold of and subjecting the poor guy to the most boring speech imaginable about why he should sell it to me for 8. The antiques guy listened very patiently while drinking his tea and at the end he smiled and said, ' It's a while since I've heard that kind of enthusiasm' and shook on it for 8. Didn't matter what kind of sword it was, I was a collector now ! I took a long break from this hobby in my 20's and 30's but when I started again I found it under my old bed at my parents' house wrapped in a sheet. It now sits next to much more aristocratic rapiers and smallswords and bronze age weapons but it's earned its place !.



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Ulf Lidsman




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PostPosted: Tue 29 May, 2018 12:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is my newly bought 1889 pattern sergeant's sword and its a lovely fighting Sword. I've served in the Swedish army for some years and hold the rank of Sergeant so I think it's a proper sword for me. I would like some help with the markings. This is my own conclusions:

- The blade is made by Wilkinson, probably in October 1891
- The blade has been inspected at Enfield in 1898, 1899 and 1902
- The blade has the bent tested and is marked with an "X" on the tested side
- The blade has the arrow and WD for the War Department
- The scabbard seems to have been made, or inspected, in June 1894
- The hilt seems to have been made, or inspected, July 1897

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Then we have the Regimental Markings on the hilt and the scabbard. As far as I can read the markings, they are:

2. ST.L.I
2

The "2" is probably "Second". "ST" must be the name of the regiment. "L.I" could be "Light Infantry" och perhaps "Line Infantry". The "2" below the first line I suppose marks the Sword as number 2 in the regiment. My guess is that the "ST" stands for Staffordshire and the the Sword could have belonged to a Sergeant in the 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers) that formed the 2nd Battalion in the South Staffordshire Regiment from 1881 or the 2nd Volunteer Battalion: 3rd Staffordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in the same regiment.

Can anyone correct me if I'm wrong or give me some more information about this fine looking fighting Sword?









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