A super rare British Indian Army 19th Century Irregular Horse Trooper's Sword. This is a truly unusual sword and of a type issued to irregular horse cavalry units serving in the British Indian Army during the mid-19th Century. The construction of the sword hilt is very peculiar in that the grip is made from cast steel and made to represent a chequered grip. The hilt is British in style and follows contemporary pierced scroll hilts of a type seen in infantry officer's swords, most notably, the 1857 Pattern Scottish Field Officer's Sword.
Hilt manufactured in Britain
I would guess that the hilts were manufactured in Britain, from where they were exported to India and mounted with local Indian tulwar blades. There is a very interesting discussion about these swords here. The irregular cavalry units that would probably have carried these swords included Probyn's Horse, Wale's Horse and the Punjab Cavalry. Condition is good considering that it would have had a lot of use - with commensurate service wear- some losses to top of grip. No scabbard - would probably have been of tulwar form. Blade length is 29.5 inches (36 inches overall).
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