British 1834 Household Cavalry Officer’s Sword 1st Life Guards For Sale
A very sort after & rare British 1834 Household cavalry officer’s sword of the 1st Life guards.
This sword is in superb mint condition & of impressive proportions.
Engraved on the Ricasso to its original owner:
CORPL MAJOR T.A. WILLIAMS ARMOURER 1st L.GDs
One would imagine that the troop armourer would have possessed the most well maintained sword in the whole regiment.
On the obverse side the Sword is also engraved with the 1st Life guards battle honours, as follows:
TEL-EL-KEBIR EGYPT 1882
Under that is the initials CBP
And then under that the sword is engraved with the date 18th April 1894
The engraving is crisp & clear & extends both sides from the ricasso to half the blades length.
Both sides of the blade are intricately etched with Queen Victoria’s cipher.
The steel hilt with its brass 1st Life Guards embellishment is completely intact & in perfect condition.
The fish skin grip is 99% complete along with its copper & silver twisted wire which is 100% complete & tight.
The pommel is in brass in a four stepped pattern & has a button type tang end.
The back strap has a checkered thumb grip.
Blade is tight with no looseness anywhere.
The Riccaso has a brass proof stamp with the word “Proved” with a “T” in the middle & surrounded with a six pointed engraved star.
The spine of the blade is stamped “LONDON MADE ”.
On the other side of the spine it has “THURKLE”.
Francis Thurkle operated in London from 1766 to 1920.
Thurkle would have been the retailer as nearly all of these swords were manufactured by the famous British company “Wilkinson”.
Referring to Harvey J.S. Withers book “British Army Swords” he states that the Life Guards swordwas the most expensive Sword Wilkinson ever produced.
Blade length = 950mm, (37.4”)
Blade width at Ricasso = 26mm, (1.02”)
Sword overall length = 1100mm, (43.3”)
Its big !
There is no scabbard.
The first life guards were the elite Cavalry regiment, which were part of the Household cavalry.
It was formed in 1788 by the union of the 1st Troop of Horse Guards
In the Napoleonic Wars, they fought in the Peninsula War and Waterloo. In 1877, it was renamed 1st Life Guards and contributed to the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War, the 1899-1901 Second Boer War and in the Great War from August to November, 1914. From 1916 to 1918, the Reserve Regiment contributed to the Household Battalion. In 1918, the regiment was converted to the 1st Battalion, Guards Machine Gun Regiment. It was reconstituted in 1919 and was amalgamated with the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards in 1922 to form the Life Guards.
In reference to the date 18th April 1894 I can only assume it refers to the regiment returning to England from service in Egypt.
Or maybe an event during April of 1894 in Egypt.
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Freight to USA or international = $85.00 via Australia post.
Freight within Australia = $45.00 AUD
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