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Chris A
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Cragside

Post by Chris A » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:44 pm

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I was up in Northumberland last week and visited Cragside, a fantastic National Trust house built by Lord Armstrong, a great Victorian industrialist. It was the first house in the world with lighting powered by hydroelectricity and has many other advanced gadgets and also superb grounds.
Imagine my surprise when I first entered the house and saw high up on the wall some swords around a Persian shield. Two of the swords were the extremely rare late 18th Century 15th Light Dragoon’s sabres. Just look on M.D.Long’s website and see how much he wants for one ! I continued round the house and then came to the Armoury (which I didn’t know existed). There we’re three more of the 15th L.D. swords there and in a glazed cabinet high up on the wall a 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s sword with the finest condition blue and gilt blade I’ve ever seen ! I was up in Northumberland last week and visited Cragside, a fantastic National Trust house built by Lord Armstrong, a great Victorian industrialist. It was the first house in the world with lighting powered by hydroelectricity and has many other advanced gadgets and also superb grounds.
Imagine my surprise when I first entered the house and saw high up on the wall some swords around a Persian shield. Two of the swords were two extremely rare late 18th Century 15th Light Dragoon’s sabres. Just look on M.D.Long’s website and see how much he wants for one ! I continued round the house and then came to the Armoury (which I didn’t know existed). There we’re three more of the 15th L.D. swords there and in a glazed cabinet high up on the wall a 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s sword with the finest condition blue and gilt blade I’ve ever seen !
There’s lots more to see in the Armoury so if you’re ever in the area. Cragside is well worth a visit. I’ve added some images. Not very good but not easy when a sword is above your head behind glass.

Chris
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Will
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Re: Cragside

Post by Will » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:46 pm

Chris that's a wonderful find. I hope the swords behind the shield do not have cut or altered blades as a method of affixing them. The one basket hilt seems to have an extremely long blade.

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Re: Cragside

Post by Chris A » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:35 pm

Will,
These were the first two I saw which are O K. I did wonder if there was a pile of scabbards somewhere but my time was limited and there was no one around to speak to.

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Re: Cragside

Post by Will » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:23 pm

I think proximity to the ceiling has prevented the swords from growing legs! Good to see them with complete blades.

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Re: Cragside

Post by Bryce » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:32 am

Thanks Chris,
I may be up that way in January. Might have to drop in for a look.
I don't get the crazy price for that 15th LD sword. They may be rare, but why are they desirable? I think you could do a lot better for that sort of money.
Cheers,
Bryce

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Re: Cragside

Post by Chris A » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:41 am

That’s why he hasn’t sold it !

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Re: Cragside

Post by David C » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:54 pm

A couple of pre 1804 cutlasses behind the shield too by the look of things

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Re: Cragside

Post by Chris A » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:24 pm

Great senior moment ! These swords are NOT at Cragside but at Bamburgh Castle just a few miles away. Both are well worth a visit.
I’m now off to change my forum name !

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