Charge of Light brigade Swords

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Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby Will Mathieson » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:43 am

I have this book on Strathroy with these pages regarding Charge of the Light Brigade because my mother was born and raised in Strathroy Ontario.
To my surprise the Strathroy museum has officer swords that were in the famous charge.
The pictures and article says the most.
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Re: Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby Bryce » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:34 pm

G'day Will,

Were these the swords he owned when he was an officer in the 6th Dragoons rather than when he was a sergeant in the 13th light dragoons?

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Re: Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby Will Mathieson » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:40 am

In my haste I missed that. These swords of his must be post Crimea.
I would assume the unfullered bladed sword was ordered in response to what he experienced in the Crimea.
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Re: Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby Matt Easton » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:54 pm

Unfullered blades (i.e. the 'flat solid') seem to have been in vogue as presentation blades in the late 1850s and 1860s - I have a few in my collection and most I've seen seem to date to between about 1858 and 1870, though I have later ones as well. I suspect that the flat solid blade was alluding to the normal cross-section of wootz blades - after all, the inter-linked triangles allude to Damascus blades also (probably).
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Re: Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby JordanPL » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:27 am

Hi Matt and Will

Though I am no expert, Wilkinson must have been making them in the early 1850's at least, as I have a 9th Lancers 'Flat Solid' blade which is pre-serial number and the exact blade rubbing is in RWL's Blade Rubbing book, and dated to 1852. And I don't believe it is a presentation piece?

Wilkinson 1821 Light Cavalry Pattern Sword Regimentally Marked to the 9th Lancers with Solid Blade and Steel Scabbard (9th Lancers) (Pre-Serial Number) 2.JPG


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Re: Charge of Light brigade Swords

Postby Matt Easton » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:38 pm

Yes I have a pre-numbered one also. Just that most seem to date after the Mutiny.
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