A rare British 1907 Pattern Military Gymnasium Sword. These swords were issued to cavalry troops in order to train them in swordsmanship and came in a number of previous patterns (1864 Pattern, 1895 Pattern, 1899 Pattern, 1904 Pattern, 1907 Pattern and 1911 Pattern). These swords were modelled on fencing sabres and this example comprises a hollow aluminium-alloy, deeply chequered grip with a screwdriver slot to enable the blade to be easily replaced as they were very flexible and consequently liable to break in service. This sword was made by Wilkinson Sword and is marked to the blade forte and dated to 1911 so would have been in use right up until it was replaced by the 1911 Pattern. The hilt is of bowl type and the blade has a folded button “point”. Condition of the sword is very good with only light service wear. These swords would naturally not have been supplied with scabbards. Blade length is 34.5 inches (41 inches overall). Am selling two of these swords.
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