~ 1853 Pattern Cavalry Trooper's Sword With Scabbard ~
The sword has curved, flat back, single edged blade with central fuller and spear point. The blade is marked with crown above 'EX' and the number '6'.
The three bar wrought iron hilt is stamped with several broad arrows and the number'53'. The black leather grips are riveted through the tang.
The metal scabbard is stamped to the tip with a broad arrow and the number '126'.
~ Dimensions ~
The sword has a length of 40.5 inches (103cm), with the blade measuring 34.5 inches (87.5cm).
The scabbard has length of 36.5 inches (93cm).
The total weight is 2 kilograms.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in decent condition with no rust damage although there is some darkening. The hilt and grip are in good order. The scabbard has 3 dents towards the tip.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the sword can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ History ~
Introduced as the first universal pattern cavalry sword for both light and heavy cavalry, this sword came in for heavy criticism during the Crimean War (1854-1856), much of it ill-informed. Regiments often carried out unofficial bending tests on the blades, which severely weakened them.
It is possible that up to 50 per cent of the cavalry who fought in the Crimea carried the new sword while the others had to use the Pattern 1821. At Balaklava it is known that some troopers at least of the 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars and 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons were armed with the new sword.