Edged Weapons



THE BRITISH CAVALRY SWORD 1788-1912 Some New Perspectives. By Richard Dellar

Every now and then a  reference book comes along that deserves to be included with such greats as the Badge books by King & Kipling and British Battles & Medals.

This book follows on from Swords of the British Army by Robson and deserves to be included with these outstanding publications.

Specialising in Cavalry, Dellar expands on each of the patterns in a clear and concise manner and I feel sure it is a book that will negate the frustration of a google search for information.

Hard cover, sewn section, gold blocked with a dust jacket 326 pages. This book is profusely illustrated on quality paper giving numerous examples of the various patterns.

A must have for any serious sword collector

$115.00 + P&P





An extremely rare 1866 SOUTH AUSTRALIA VOLUNTEER RIFLES SWORD by Wilkinson Sword Company proof number 14753 purchased by the SA Agent -General F. S. Dutton on the 13 November 1866. True to pattern of the light Infantry sword with steel guard of Gothic style with a crown and stringed bugle in the cartouche. The hilt is painted in a gold paint which was obviously done many years ago. Although simple to strip, I am reluctant to do this in case records show they were done in that way to match the later brass hilt swords purchased in 1887 (see sword on this page). Complete with Colonial style leather scabbard, Blade etching shows VOLUNTEER in scroll above SA (South Australia) above RIFLES in scroll. Top panel of fish skin missing from the grip. Otherwise in good condition for one of Australia’s earliest swords at 1866.

  Good overall condition $2850


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An extremely rare 11th Hussars 1853 pattern presentation Cavalry sword. True to pattern, however the hilt has an extra silver wrap in order to make it more decorative. The blade is by Henry Wilkinson No 19199 and is flat sided with slight clipped point. Presentation inscriptions on both sides which read;

"For the best man-at-arms in the Bombay army"


"Given by Col. Fraser. V.C. 11th Hussars"


"Won by Sergeant Hurst 11th Hussars"

"POONA 1867"

"Presented by Lt. General Sir Robert Napier K.C.B Commander in Chief"

Complete with dent free scabbard. This sword is of the highest rarity to a famous British Cavalry unit, given by a Victoria Cross winner during the recipient’s service in India. Blade length 34 ½ inches

Very Good condition $4250

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A very Rare and interesting British Sword by Woolley & Sargant. Following Waterloo a great number of 1796 Light Cavalry swords were available for re-hilting. This sword takes on the appearance of the 1896 Mountain Artillery Sword with ultra-rare steel (NOT brass) hilt as used by British not Indian troops. But I can’t help but feel it is much earlier as the family who sold it stated the family legend said it was used in the Battle of Pinjarra Western Australia 1834.

Handle and hilt are steel, even pitting all over, one langet missing or has been purposely removed. Blade showing light pitting and has been converted to spear point. Complete with Steel scabbard. Blade length 29 1/2 inches. Total overall length 35 inches.

Overall quite good condition $1850

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A scarce French XIII Heavy Cavalry sword with full Klingenthal engraved backstrap dated June 1813.

Wire on the grip has only a few bits remaining (near the pommel). Good markings in all the right places (as shown by the photos) and is complete with a nice dent free scabbard.

This sword has been in a local collection for between 30 & 40 years. Blade length 37 ½ inches.

Overall in Very good condition $2850

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An extremely rare and unusual 1796 Heavy Cavalry Full dress Sword by Irish maker J. Read maker 8 College Green Dublin in cartouche on top scabbard mount. Apart from decorative stirrup hilt the sword is true to pattern except for the scabbard which is very fancy. Top scabbard ring appears to be period removed possibly to allow easier vertical hanging. Top mount has engraved crown over Prince of Wales plumes and there are various other motives on the scabbard mounts. The scabbard has reasonable repairs due to the age old problem of people withdrawing the blade from the horizontal.


Very good condition apart from scabbard repair. $3750

A scarce 1796 Pattern Troopers Heavy Cavalry DISC HILT Sword. True to pattern in all respects still retaining its langets and hatchet point . A good heavy scabbard which is dent free and marked C over 17 with matching marks on the hilt.

Blade marked crown over 3. Back strap marked with remnants of WOOLLEY. 


Very good condition $4250


A very rare 1796 Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword. Often referred to as the “DISC HILT”. This one is very true to pattern still having its langets and full disc hilt. It also has the hatchet point making it as complete a representative you could hope to find. The back of the blade and disc are marked with a capital R with underscored D (Registered?). Pure speculation on my part but could this make it one of the first made during the period of registering original designs? There are two chop marks in the blade which have been nicely welded and are visible in the photo. The heavy dent free scabbard is unmarked. This pattern sword is very rare and difficult to find.

Some staining to blade otherwise very good condition. $3500

A Scarce Colonial Australian sword being an 1882 pattern British cavalry trooper’s sword and scabbard well marked with impressed numbers and letters N.S.W.G.C over C over 1256 over 00. The scabbard number is matching. Another scarce item from this old established collection.

Overall condition is extremely good.  $2450.00

Another scarce Colonial marked sword of the 1899 pattern British cavalry trooper’s sword and scabbard well marked with impressed N.S.W.G.C over C over 1576 over 01 with the scabbard number 1560. Also from the same old established collection.

Overall condition is extremely good. $2850


 A very rare South Australian Officers 1822 pattern sword complete with scabbard by Wilkinson. Typical brass hilt with VR cypher in its steel scabbard. Quality etching to blade with Volunteer Infantry and SA (South Australia) under crown. Wilkinson’s records show this sword number 27838 was sold to the Agent General for South Australia Jan 25 1887.

Very good overall condition $3650


1822 Pattern Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword to Captain H.G. Sutton 40th Lancashire (3rd Manchester) Volunteer Corps., the 81.5 cm blade with single fuller by J. & W. Wood, King St., Manchester is etched overall with scrolling foliage crowned VR cypher strung bugle horn and presentation panels ‘Presented To Captain H.G. Sutton By The Members of No. 8 Company 40th L.R. Volunteers On His Promotion As A Token Of Their Most Sincere Regard 28th Day Of February 1874’, on the reverse a further etched section ‘40th Lancashire Rifle Voltrs.’, the exceptionally ornate pierced hand guard features a crowned strung bugle horn foliate panels side panels of Union sprays wire bound fish skin grip with back strap of ornate oak sprays contained in its plated scabbard this with three highly decorative panels, the sword in overall excellent condition, the scabbard similar but with one very minor dent

Note: Sold with a considerable amount of research concerning Sutton’s career. In brief he was a self-made man being called to the Bar in January 1876 and was promoted to Lieut. Col. in 1876 but resigned his commission in 1879 although only 36 yrs old. This was possibly due to what was then considered a disgrace being in debt regarding a mortgage.