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Listing #: 661712263
SUPERB condition genuine antique South African Army Cavalry officer's *BEST SWORD* by Henry Wilkinson

The 1912 Pattern was the last service sword issued to the cavalry of the British Army

It is widely considered the MOST EFFECTIVE CAVALRY SWORD EVER DESIGNED.......though ironically its introduction occurred as swords finally became obsolete as military weapons

Commonwealth Cavalry & Mounted Rifles used these before becoming armoured car & tank units who RETAIN this pattern in use today

Unusually BROAD ARROW marked to blade's spine, indicating SA Government Property (IE NOT "private purchase") & oddly, manufactured without, the usual Wilkinson serial #

Blade = 900 mm overall length 1110 mm

Sharpened for USE Circa WW1

Sold UNCLEANED exactly "as found" with NO rust NO pitting NO edge-nicks NO cracks NO bends MINOR staining to point area (WILL clean up superbly)

In military circles there had long been the debate over whether the use of the point or the edge was the better method of attack for a cavalryman

With the introduction of the 1821 patterns, the British Army adopted a series of “cut & thrust” swords with slightly curved blades which were theoretically stiff enough for a thrust

1821 swords & their descendants were inevitably compromises & not ideal for EITHER cutting OR FOR thrusting, but the Army considered the adaptability to be of more importance

Patt 1912 remains the ceremonial sword for the British, Canadian, Australian, & NZ cavalry units.

The 1912 Pattern cavalry officer's sword is of the same basic form as the 1908 trooper's version, but more elaborate

The blade, plain for troopers, was usually engraved or etched

The grip is of the same form, but the grip was replaced by grey ribbed shark skin, bound with German-silver wire

The plain trooper's pommel was chequered & decorated for the 1912 sword & front of the bowl guard had an engraved floral pattern added, mimicking the honeysuckle pattern which had been common on officer's swords throughout the 19th Century

Shipping details

  • $0.00  Free pick-up from J&D By PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • $8.00  Courier delivery anywhere in Auckland Metropolitan
  • $28.00  Courier delivery in North Island NO PO Box or RD
  • $34.00  Courier delivery in South Island NO RD or PO Box
  • $95.00  DHL economy Courier anywhere in Australia
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

Payment details

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About the seller

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