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British Pattern 1822 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This is the pattern of light cavalry officer’s sword that was in wide use during the charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. It was replaced in 1896 by a new sword with a pierced steel guard that gave more protection to the hand. The Royal Artillery, which adopted the 1822 pattern in 1855, still uses this sword for ceremonial functions.

    One of the things I’m intrigued by and at the same time frustrated at in collecting British militaria is that there are so many exceptions to the rule. Several of the Yeomanry (historically volunteer cavalry) as well as many colonial cavalry regiments continued to use the pattern 1822 saber well into the 20th century.

    The slightly curved, polished steel blade is 32 ½” long. The hilt is nickeled steel and the grip is wire wrapped shagreen (fish skin). It’s clearly made to withstand wear and use, but unlike the standard pattern which had a knurled thumb rest, this example only has the outline of the border of where the knurling should be. Instead of a brass proof disk in the ricasso, there is only a circular outline of where one should be. I think this may indicate that it was a later production and a less expensive blade available through uniform tailor shops throughout the British Empire.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Oh! There you are. About time! Luv it!
    2. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Looks like a practical weapon. I have read that in the Charge of the Light Brigade stabbing was much more effective than slashing.
    3. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 7 years ago
      Yes, even this is a "cut and thrust" style blade. By the end of the century the thrust would be more or less the exclusive movement, and cavalry swords would be straight.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Ah, the "humane way" to kill somebody! LOL!! Sorry, but I'm old enough to realize how ridiculous that whole concept is.
    5. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      It wasn't about humane it was just about being more effective ie killing. There were people who were assigned to check battlefield casualties to see which types of wounds were more or less effective. This was done after the Charge of the Light Brigade on that battlefield along with others.

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