Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

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Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Will Mathieson » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:14 am

An early Victorian 1837 to early 1840's infantry sword (pre proved disc era) retailed by Lonsdale & Tyler, 26 bedford St., Covent Garden, London.
Ricasso etched with the name and address and opposite side Warranted and Proved. The 32 1/4 inch long blade is 1 1/4 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick.
The blade has a straight taper from the 1 1/4" to 3/4" wide an inch before the tip.
At approx. 4 inches from the guard, the blade begins its diamond cross section shape.
The guard retains its black leather liner and the folding guard is wrapped in maroon coloured material most likely to prevent discolouration to the uniform.
This material is quite old and delicate. The black leather scabbard with brass mounts has the name and address engraved on the locket.
A very well made sword, Gordon believes as doI the sword was made by Reeves and Greaves.
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby JordanPL » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:43 pm

Wonderful sword Will...I am glad that you got it :)
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby swordcollector1 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:27 am

Really handsome - love the blade!
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Matt Easton » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:50 pm

Lovely sword, Will. Congratulations on getting it.
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Bryce » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:45 pm

G'day Will,

Did Wikinson's ever make blades like this? If so what did they call them?

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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Matt Easton » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:48 pm

Yes Wilkinson did - I own one. Unfortunately the ledger entry for my sword makes no mention of the unusual blade type!
You can find this blade type on Wilkinson, Pillin and Thurkle 'Handkerchief Cutters', though those usually have quite thin and light blades.
I would need to dig through my records, but I believe that John Latham of Wilkinson in the 1860s referred to this blade type as 'lozenge'.
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Will Mathieson » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:18 pm

Hi Matt and happy new year. Can you post a photo of your diamond shaped bladed sword for comparison?
Now that I have started to search this blade type I find it to be quite rare.
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Re: Lonsdale & Tyler Infantry Sword Diamond Blade

Postby Juan J. Perez » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:47 pm

Hi to all, and Happy New Year!

You could find interesting that the M1825 Spanish Heavy Cav. sword has a very similar blade, although of regular cavalry size (95 cm). Here you have the three consecutive Spanish patterns for the heavies of that time... all of three with a hilt directly taken from the French Napoleonic ones (in fact, the M1815 blade is copied from them, too).

The M1825 was not a very popular pattern, its distribution to units being quite limited. However it was not a bad sword at all, lighter and handier than the precedent pattern, today it is quite rare to find.

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