English Heavy Cavalry Officer Dress Sword
The dress sword for Heavy Cavalry officers is a much smaller and lighter weapon, having a knucklebow, ovoid pommel and boat-shell guard in gilt brass or gunmetal than the oval disk saber used by the heavy cavalry on the battlefield.
The dress sword usually had a leather scabbard with gilt brass mounts, however, a number of examples exist of swords with iron service scabbards, suggesting that some officers may have employed the dress sword in the field.
In this case, the blade of the sword is much shorter and narrower than the service sword’s, and usually double edged with a short narrow central fuller each side. It is etched and gilt at the forte with martial trophies, folia.
Also is featured the cipher of King George III “GR” and “Dieu et mon droit”. The grip is covered with a silver beautiful complicated wire. The leather scabbard is engraved at the back “Prosser Charing Cross London”.
- Sidenote: “Dieu et mon droit” means “God and my right” and is the motto of the British monarch. The expression appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. It refers to the divine right of the Monarch to govern and is said to have first been adopted as the royal motto of England by King Henry V in the 15th century.
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