British Pattern 1908 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, …

British Pattern 1908 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, Marked to the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps

A BRITISH PATTERN ‘08 CAVALRY SWORD SIGNED ‘EFD’ AND MARKED TO THE INNS OF COURT OFFICER TRAINING CORPS, manufactured by Enfield and dated for 1911 with further re-issue marks to 1934, narrow single edged and blind fullered 35in. blade, sheet iron bowl-style handguard with rolled edge, the inside stamped ‘O.T.C.’ over ‘INN.CT.’ over ’12’, composite material chequered ‘pistol-grip hilt and domed iron pommel, complete with its polished iron scabbard with twin fixed suspension rings.

Indian Sword with Khanda Hilt, 19th CenturyT-s…

Indian Sword with Khanda Hilt, 19th Century

T-section recurved single edge blade 25.75 cms massively swollen towards the tip and with traces of gold damascened inscription, iron basket hilt with tall pommel spike and broad knuckle bow, retaining traces of silver damascened decoration.

I’m no expert on these. I’ve seen them labeled khanda, tegha, scorpion khanda, and scorpion tegha. 

Sword and Uniform of  Francis Pym, High Sheri…

Sword and Uniform of 

Francis Pym, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, 1903

Uniform, sword and related items for Francis Pym (1849-1927) High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 1903, contained within a named tin case, the uniform by Henry Poole and accompanied by ‘Henry Poole The Founders of Saville Row’ by Stephen Howarth as well as a copy of ‘Sentimental Journey’ by Francis Pym detailing the history of the Pym family and original owner of this uniform.

British Naval Dirk with Kris-Style Blade, c.18…

British Naval Dirk with Kris-Style Blade, c.1800

Naval officer’s dirk of Egyptian Club type c.1800, wavy 9.9” blade made in imitation of Indonesian kris, gilt brass mounts, pommel in the form of a crocodile’s head, scrolled foliate quillon finials, diced ivory grip. Good condition, gilding worn. Note: The Egyptian Club was formed by captains of the fleet after the 1798 battle of the Nile. Swords and dirks incorporating the image of a crocodile were worn by club members and soon became a more widespread fashion, although it is obvious that few if any cutlers had ever seen a real crocodile. The wavy blade of our dirk was merely intended to convey a sense of the exotic.

British 1796-Style Cavalry Officer’s Sword, c….

British 1796-Style Cavalry Officer’s Sword, c.1803-18

1796 pattern type cavalry officer’s sword c.1815-1816, regulation blade 30” blued and gilt, etched with crowned GR, Royal Arms (1801-1816), maker’s Cooper & Craven, Warranted, together with a standing cavalry officer, trophy of arms and assorted foliage, gilt brass stirrup hilt with lion’s head pommel and lions heads on langets retaining most original gilding, diced ivory grip, in its leather scabbard with gilt copper mounts. Note: Cooper & Craven are recorded working as sword cutlers in Moor Street, Birmingham 1815-1816. 

According to, Cooper & Craven were in operation from 1803-1818 at Moor Street. I’m not sure what source the auction house used for their dates.

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