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1908 Pattern British Cavalry Sword

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Although a rather rusty example, this pattern was one of the last ever swords to be issued to British cavalry troopers.  Swords such as this were soon discovered to be redundant as the cavalry charges of the 19th century gave way to the mud and trenches of the First World War.

 

These were lightweight swords with a moulded rubber handle designed to allow the horseman maximum thrusting ability.

Materials/Media:
steel, rubber
Dimensions:
blade 892mm, hilt 230mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Digital Number:
EAAM105a, b
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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