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BLK-0003, British Pattern 1899 Cavalry sword

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #17732

These swords were issued at the end of the 19th Century and were a result of failures with previous patterns. Unfortunately, this pattern did not help matters and problems included the fact that the user's hand tended to slip up and down the long grip, especially when hot and sweaty. The thickness of metal to the guard was also too thin, causing it to bend and buckle easily. Because of its general fragility, most examples were susceptible to service wear and many have battered guards and worn grips. This sword is quite typical of the type and has seen considerable service wear to the hilt. I have actually never seen one in very good condition unlike their previous and subsequent patterns. This was one of the reasons why it was replaced by the 1908 Pattern in a relatively short period of time. This particular sword is in good + condition with the only real flaw being the deterioration of the leather grip on one side, which is typical for these swords. There are a number of markings to include the original '99 marking as well as '00 markings. The sword blade has an overall bright grey patina with typical darker grey patina towards the tip with some very minor pitting. The guard has areas of brown where the finish is worn off and has been very slightly browned. There is no scabbard present.

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