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1910 Pattern British Indian Army Cavalry Troopers Sword by Mole

Description: A rare pattern of sword in good overall condition. Some light staining to the blade and hilt, though the grip is in good order with shagreen and wiring intact.

The blade is carries the makers name Mole and the date 1916 to one side, with the government broad arrow and ISD (Indian Service Department?) to the other.

The scabbard is also in good condition with no obvious defects. There is no metal scabbard throat, though I am not sure whether one was present originally.

The guard is stamped ‘RH’ and ‘1917’

Provenance: Until the early part of the 20th century, the cavalry of the Indian Army carried swords closely based on the traditional Indian Tulwar (or Talwar) – a curved sword designed for cutting and slashing. Consequently the Indian Army was not initially keen to adopt a purely thrusting sword of the pattern adopted in Britain in 1908. As a consequence, a specific India Pattern sword was approved for Indian cavalry use in 1910. It retained the characteristic Tulwar blade, but combined it with a western-style hilt.

Price: Final sale price withheld.

Catalogue No: ES0113

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