A super rare British 1850 Royal Engineers Driver’s Sword
This is a scarce British regulation issue swords and rarely seen. These swords were originally produced for trials by the Prussian Guard Hussar regiment in 1849-50 but were not adopted (they were subsequently issued with the Model 1852 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword) and the unwanted swords were sold in the Liege sword market where English Board of Ordnance inspectors no doubt saw a good deal and purchased the surplus swords for use by the Royal Engineers. You can tell that they were issued to British forces because they feature two opposing broad arrows signifying that they would have been sold out of service when no longer required. These swords were produced by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen. Sword is dated to 1850 on the spine near the forte. For more information on this sword please go to: Swords of the British Army – The Regulation Patterns 1788 to 1914, by Brian Robson, pages 237-238 – also see the images below for shots from the book.
Condition of the Sword
In good condition with overall wear to the hilt and blade – note – this is how most of these have been found. No scabbard.
Specifications of the Sword
Blade length is 34.75 inches (40 inches overall).
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