Myths about British Swords!

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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby MikeShowers » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:23 pm

Robert G. Wale went on to join the Militia (Cambridge) as a Lt. Col. and later Colonel so maybe the brass scabbard came from that part of his career.
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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby Bryce » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:46 pm

G'day Mike,

That is very possible.

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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby Matt Easton » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:16 am

MikeShowers wrote:Robert G. Wale went on to join the Militia (Cambridge) as a Lt. Col. and later Colonel so maybe the brass scabbard came from that part of his career.
Cheers,

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Glad someone else did the leg work - it was my first guess that he joined the militia and went on to higher rank and I was just about to go and search! Thanks Mike.
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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby Richard » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:50 pm

Not so much a myth but more a mistake : the M1833 Italian mounted artillery sabre frequently described as a P1788 British light cavalry sabre
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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby sword335 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:14 pm

Yes, and the one Richard illustrates is coming up in an auction next week. There is probably one in a sale somewhere every month. The’re worth £100 - 200 and sometimes make three or four times that. There must be a lot of potentially disappointed collectors out there but hopefully none here.

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Re: Myths about British Swords!

Postby Matt Easton » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:34 pm

Indeed! Similarly, there are a lot of Spanish and Portuguese (British-made for export) 1821 pattern light cavalry swords which get identified as British examples. Very different value, different grip and different scabbard.
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