~ Victorian British Army 1831 Pattern General Officers Mameluke Sword By Freeman & Roth ~
A very bright example with a superb blade.
Its grips are made of ivory with gilt metal rosettes.
The gilded cross guard is decorated with a crossed sword and baton, dictating that this was a general officers sword.
The blade is etched with the Victorian Queens crown, crossed sword and baton and oak leaves on both sides. On the left side of the ricasso the maker’s name ‘Freeman & Roth, Old Bond St, London’ is etched.
The sword is complete with its original brass scabbard with both suspension rings.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 31 inches (78.7 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 35.5 inches (90.2 cm).
It weighs 1.15 kg.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in excellent condition with a clean edge. The etching are superbly clear.
The grips are undamaged but missing both the rosettes on one side.
All its brass components are excellent.
The scabbard is undamaged and dings & dent free.
A well above average example.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ History ~
A Mameluke sword is a cross-hilted, curved, scimitar-like sword historically derived from sabres used by Mamluk warriors of Mamluk Egypt from whom the sword derives its name. It is related to the shamshir, which had its origins in Persia from where the style migrated to India, Egypt and North Africa and the Turkish kilij. It was adopted in the 19th century by several Western militaries, including the French Army, British Army and the United States Marine Corps. Although some genuine Ottoman sabres were used by Westerners, most "mameluke sabres" were manufactured in Europe or America; their hilts were very similar in form to the Ottoman prototype, but their blades tended to be longer, narrower and less curved than those of the true kilij, while being wider and also less curved than the Persian shamshir. In short, the hilt retained its original shape and the blade tended to resemble the blade-form typical of contemporary Western military sabres. The Mameluke sword remains the ceremonial side arm for some units to this day.
Mameluke swords were carried as dress or levée swords by officers of most light cavalry and hussar, and some heavy cavalry regiments in the British Army at various points during the 19th century, starting in the period after Waterloo. The current regulation sword for generals, the 1831 Pattern, is a Mameluke-style sword, as were various Army Band swords.