allocated | [sword, Heavy Cavalry, Officer, Undress, Pattern 1887]
Whole: description: CONTROL.
Pommel form: chequered oval topped by tang button. A narrow band of decorative moulding is located where pommel meets grip.
Backstrap form: chequered plated steel with short straight and flat section immediately behind ferrule.
Grip form: wood covered with black-lacquered fishskin and bound with eight strands of silver wire.
Guard form: plated steel pierced bowl guard. The ornamentation so formed is described by Robson as "scroll pattern" and by ffoulkes as the "honeysuckle hilt". Certainly the openwork design includes stylised scrolls in addition to engraved detail based on unidentifiable botanic forms. Upper section of guard features a short "scrolled" quillon. A small oval sword knot slit is located near pommel.
Blade form: slightly curved with double-edged section running for approximately 272 mm [10.707 ins] from blade tip. Deeply fullered, stops meeting broad flat ricasso squared, stops nearer tip curve-pointed. Blade back very gently rounded.
Blade (left flat) finish: etched decoration comprising a rayed crown above an interlaced and foliate "VR" cypher, within decorative scrolled and foliate panel.
Blade (right flat) finish: etched decoration comprising the emblem of the 10th Royal Hussars - the three feathers of the Prince of Wales's plume issuing from a coronet, the motto "ICH DIEN" ["I serve"] inscribed on scrolls either side of the coronet. Below the coronet the Garter, inscribed "PRINCE OF WALES'S OWN", enclosing the Latin numeral "X". Beneath the Garter the name "ROYAL HUSSARS" and three battle honours, each on a scroll resting on laurel leaves, "PENINSULA", "WATERLOO" and "SEVASTOPOL". The whole within an ornate scrolled and foliate panel. In the base panel, above ricasso, a family crest - woman, half-length facing figure, holding a small portcullis, above the figure a coronet.
(Related items: scabbard and sword knot).
In existing departmental sword list (compiled in 1981) WEA 1038 is identified as a "Heavy Cavalry, Officer, Undress. 1887". This weapon bears many similarities with the sword identified as a Pattern 1887 by Robson. It also, however, possesses two features which diverge from this model. (1) The backstrap of WEA 1038 is completely chequered; Robson's model is chequered only in that section behind the ferrule. (2) The grip of WEA 1038 is bound with eight triple strands of silver; Robson's model has seven triple strands.
Prince of Wales's plume of feathers with scroll marked "BY APPOINTMENT" above maker's name, in four lines, as follows - "+ HENRY + WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON"
mark ; stamped & etched blade (right ricasso) small circular brass insert, embossed "HW", enclosed by two etched overlying and interlinked triangles