Gill 1821 HC with 38 inch blade.

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Gill 1821 HC with 38 inch blade.

Postby Will Mathieson » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:29 pm

Here is an early Gill marked 1821p HC troopers sword. There are two easily seen differences between the 1821p HC trooper and this version, first the lack of back strap ears and secondly its 38 inch blade. Due to the blade length being longer than regulation suggests this is one of the HHC service swords.
Ribsons pg 112 shows a few hundred were procured by the 2nd Lifeguards although the 1st Lifeguards and Royal Horse Guards also had these trooper swords as service swords.
The large drag is the same as my early 1821p LC Gill sword suggesting made in the same time frame.
The guard is thinner than the later 1848 made 1821p by Enfield. The etched border of the guard also differs in that the lines terminate curving downwards to the blade spine unlike later versions that curl to form a circle.
The photo of the drag with 1821p HC below and a officers LC above is for comparison of size.
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Re: Gill 1821 HC with 38 inch blade.

Postby Matt Easton » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:57 am

Nice, rare sword!
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Re: Gill 1821 HC with 38 inch blade.

Postby Bryce » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:40 pm

G'day Will,
That is a "beast" of a sword. How does it handle in hand?
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Re: Gill 1821 HC with 38 inch blade.

Postby Will Mathieson » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:57 am

Hello Bryce the balance is approx. 7 inches from the guard and the grip is almost 5 1/2 inches long.
With fairly deep fullers and thinner guard than later made 1821's the sword handles well and is not overly heavy for the pattern at 2 lbs 5 oz.
Scabbard weighs 1 lb 15 oz. with Robsons quoting a 1828 recommendation of 2 lbs 6 oz for the new wrought steel scabbards for both 1821p heavy and light cavalry swords.
We can assume some loss of weight from repeated cleanings etc. but this being a longer than regulation sword, the lesser weights suggest this is an early 1821p sword.
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