British 1831 Pattern General and Staff Officer’s Mameluke Sword

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A fine example of a British 1831 Pattern General and Staff Officer's Mameluke Sword.  The introduction of the 1831 Pattern followed a longstanding vogue for mameluke-style swords in the British Army.  The Duke of Wellington had been an early promoter of this design during the Napoleonic Wars and by 1831, it was firmly established within cavalry (particularly, Hussar) regiments.  It is a pattern of sword still worn by British General Officers, and originally came with a leather and gilt brass mounted scabbard for dress wear, and a plain brass version for all other occasions.

With brass scabbard

In 1898, the scabbard was changed from brass to plated steel.  A brown leather field service scabbard was also produced for active service.  I doubt very much whether the pattern would have been used for combat, as it is a pretty useless weapon.  A standard regulation infantry officer’s sword would most likely have been carried, and the 1831 Pattern relegated for dress occasions.  This sword dates from the 19th Century (probably c.1880) and comprises an attractive ivory slab grip with gilt brass inset rosettes (one replacement).  The crossguard has the crossed sword and baton inset in the hilt cartouche.  The blade is very finely etched with the retailer's name of Webb and Bonella of London.  The blade also includes victory laurels, crossed sword and baton, royal "VR" cypher and crown.  Blade on excellent condition with only light wear near the forte.  Complete with original and correct brass scabbard.  Blade length is 32 inches (37 inches overall).

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