allocated | [sword, Heavy Cavalry, Officer, Undress, Pattern 1896]
Whole: description: CONTROL.
Pommel form: plated steel chequered oval without tang button. Pommel meets grip with strip of decorative moulding.
Backpiece form: as WEA 1038.
Grip form: wood covered with black-lacquered fishskin and bound with seven strands of silver wire.
Guard form: slightly smaller version of the pierced basket guard for WEA 1038. In contrast to the descriptions of Robson, "scroll pattern" guard, and ffoulkes, "honeysuckle hilt", the 1900 War Office 'Dress Regulations' wisely opt for simplicity, stating that "The guard is of steel, and is pierced by an ornamental device" (page 108).
Blade form: slightly curved and tapering very gently from shoulder to spear point. Blade is double-edged for approximately 215 mm [8.464 ins] from tip. Deeply fullered, stops meeting heavy flat ricasso are squared, stops nearer tip curve-pointed.
Blade (left flat) finish: etched decoration comprising a rayed crown above an ornate interlaced and reversed "VR" cypher over a simple wreath of palm and laurel, all within ornate scolled and foliate panel.
Blade (right flat) finish: etched decoration as left flat except that the Royal Arms replaces the reversed "VR" cypher within foliate panel.
(Related item: scabbard)
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, etched "HW", enclosed by two etched overlying and interlinked triangles