I have recently been handed down this very cool sword from my Mum which was passed down to her from her Dad.
It is an 1853 British Cavalry sword which, from what I have found out, was probably used during the Crimean War.
My mum had used it for Scottish dancing as a child.
I remember playing around with this as a child, not realising its long History.
I am going to frame it up to put in the showroom. It will need to be framed to look old to match the sword.
This 140 mm wide timber is what I will use to make a box to allow for the depth of the hand shield.
I will then stain and varnish the box to look old, make an antique looking frame with conservation glass to go on the front of the box which will hinge open so that the sword can be removed.
I also want to get a plaque made to go in with the sword, hopefully something with an antique look.
This is a photo of a marking on the blade which is a Kirshbaum Knights helmet.
From what I have read this is a German made sword, which was made for the British Cavalry.
The blade was designed for both cutting and stabbing, and is quite long as it was mainly used on horseback.
This photo shows a marking on the blade of a crown over the number 7, which from a bit of internet research is believed to be linked with the Crimean War which was between 1853 and 1856.
Most of the other swords like this that I saw had a crown over the number 22.
It has some other rough engravings which are believed to have been done by whoever was issued with this sword.
I will keep everyone up to date as I go and hopefully have it done soon.
It sounds easy, but it isn't! Framing anything 3D like a sword or boxing gloves etc takes a lot of time and working out. But it is doable and well worth the effort!