Sword Knot

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Will
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Sword Knot

Post by Will » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:49 am

The knot has metal threads etc and with the top portion slid up reveals a small button for the ribbon to detach/attach.
Robsons lists general officers, heavy cavalry etc. but no photos that could show details for different time periods. The knot is in very good condition and I believe over a century old at least.
Any help with identification for its time period and correct type swords is appreciated.
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Richard
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Re: Sword Knot

Post by Richard » Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:45 am

Hi Will
I am unable to assist much regarding the sword knot you have posted other than to say it looks Victorian (not much help and I don't know on what basis I am saying that other than the lace strap looks similar to the Life Guards knot below). However, I just wanted to say that this is an excellent subject to raise. We know so little about sword knots so I hope members will post more examples. Without wishing to highjack your thread, here are a couple of examples from Georgian swords which can positively be dated to the period 1798 - 1815 + a Victorian Life Guards knot from the 1830s.
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David C
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Re: Sword Knot

Post by David C » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:12 pm

The only info I have ever found on British sword knots is in Annis and May vol.2 page 373 which only really suggests flat loose tassels are earlier than the rounder shapes. I assume the Navy were behind the army in introducing new styles, as they tended to pay catch up where sword fashions were concerned.

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