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Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:44 am
by Richard
Several people have requested an update on my new book so here goes:

The Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912: Some New Perspectives is now with the publishers and should be available in about 2 months time. This Companion Volume updates several but not all chapters in the original book and is therefore not a 'stand-alone' work but designed to be read in conjunction with the original book. I decided to do it that way (i.e. a Companion) rather than simply providing a revised edition of the original book because such a revised edition would be very big and expensive to post and it would obviously also contain all of the original information which people have already paid for.

The Companion will be 72 pages long, 19500 words and 112 new plates. The cost will be £30.00 and the website www.thebritishcavalrysword.com will be updated when it is ready.

Richard

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:05 pm
by Will
Looking forward to it. I'll want a few copies for friends.

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:02 pm
by Matt Easton
Great news!

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:27 am
by Bryce
Fantastic Richard. Can't wait!
Cheers,
Bryce

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:04 pm
by Rob O'Reilly
Richard,

Too bad I couldn't have provided you the information on the O&G blade sooner...

Rob

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:27 am
by Richard
Rob,
Yes, its a pity but I now have the proofs on my desk so a little too late. Maybe Companion No. 2!
Richard
(the rest of the forum will wonder what on earth we are talking about ....)

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:15 pm
by Bryce
Rob and Richard,
Well......, would you care to enlighten us? If it involves a sword I am sure we would like to see it.
Cheers,
Bryce

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:42 pm
by Rob O'Reilly
Ok, I've teased enough.

Below is a 1796 HC Offices Undress pattern, with the clipped point Osborn & Gunby blade Richard described in his CAM article and book. The real surprise came when I re-read the article and realized it had only described blades found on the 1796 LC, with one exception that Richard found in a 1975 Wallis & Wallis sale. That sword was described as a 1796 HC Officer's Undress Pattern, with the initials RDG on it.

Want to guess what initials are on my new sword? :D

Rob

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:19 am
by Bryce
G'day Rob,

Very nice sword! You are still teasing us. You have to post some more photos.
Cheers,
Bryce

PS Does it have a G on the Ricasso?

Re: Companion Volume to The British Cavalry Sword

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:33 pm
by Rob O'Reilly
Bryce,

No G on the ricasso Bryce, though the recent post had me pull out my other examples too. My early 1796 LC officer's sword (made by H. Osborn) has no G, while my pre-1815 1796 example by O&G does have one.

Getting back to this sword, here are a few more pictures of the blade decorations and hilt design.

Rob