Original British P-1899 Cavalry Sword with Steel Scabbard by RSAF Enfield - dated 1901
Original Item: Only One Available. Just out of an old collection, as found! This is a very nice example of the British Pattern of 1899 Cavalry Sword, complete with the original double ringed all steel scabbard. This pattern was the last Victorian issue cavalry sword issued by the British Army and saw service in the Boer War. The design features a slightly curved blade, a full sheet metal bowl guard, hard rubber black grip plates. Shortly after this in 1907 Britain adopted the straight bladed P-1907 Sword, similar to the US Patton Sword, so the service life of the P1899 was rather short.
This particular sword is marked with BROAD ARROW / EFD on the ricasso, for manufacture at the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, usually just called Enfield. Under this is an inspectors mark, and on the reverse ricasso there are additional proof marks as well as a date of '01 for 1901. There is also the opposed "Broad Arrow" marks for when the sword was sold out of service. The spine of the blade is marked '/99, indicating the pattern of sword it is.
Condition of the sword is very nice, with a lovely patina, and areas of light staining. The grips are in great shape, with only minor wear, and the heavy bowl guard shows no real damage. The scabbard has fared slightly worse, with a widespread pitting on the outside, and some dents. However it is still solid, and protects the blade well.
A very nice example, ready to display!
Blade length: 33 1/2”
Overall length: 40 1/2”
Basket dimensions: 5" width x 6” length
Scabbard length: 36”
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