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    The glaring error I spotted was that some of the...

    The glaring error I spotted was that some of the Officers went into battle carrying their swords in Dress scabbards and with Gold Dress knots on the hilts, rather than the Sam Browne scabbard with...
  2. I have just found this on the West Street...

    I have just found this on the West Street Antiques website:
    http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/stock_detail.asp?ID=1547
    Ray.
  3. Robert, I was following Gordon's earlier...

    Robert,
    I was following Gordon's earlier suggestion that Major Drage could have adopted armorial bearings associated with his wife's family.
    Regards,
    Ray.
  4. Well, what can I say? So many helpful...

    Well, what can I say?
    So many helpful suggestions and avenues to persue.
    A great wealth of knowledge on this Forum, for which, many thanks.
    Here is another photo of the Etching, and I have to...
  5. Thank you Matt, Gordon and Robert, for your...

    Thank you Matt, Gordon and Robert, for your comments.
    I have looked at both panels etched on the blade under an illuminated magnifying lens.
    I have to say that I can see absolutely no difference...
  6. Thank you Robert for the points you mention. I...

    Thank you Robert for the points you mention.
    I had, for many years, wondered if this could possibly be a pre 1854 sword, but I dismissed the idea because of the solid hilt, and to some extent the...
  7. Hello Gordon, Thank you for the valuable...

    Hello Gordon,
    Thank you for the valuable suggestions regarding the avenues to research regarding the Crest on this sword...I will follow these up. Major Drage was married, so the answer could lie...
  8. Thank you for the replies so far. Major Drage's...

    Thank you for the replies so far.
    Major Drage's award appears in The London Gazette 11 March 1898:

    "William Henry Drage, Major, Army Service Corps. In recognition of services during the recent...
  9. Help gentlemen, with a Crest mystery, please......

    Hello Gentlemen,
    My collection has been packed away for a long time, and I am only just starting to unwrap items and say hello again to old friends!
    I have a sword presented to Major W H Drage of...
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    I was thinking the same as John. If I had to...

    I was thinking the same as John.
    If I had to deal with this situation I would heat the scabbard GENTLY with an electric heat gun.
    Good luck!
    Ray.
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    That looks terribly wrong to me....at the very...

    That looks terribly wrong to me....at the very least it should be neatly filed to round off all corners and to reduce the thickness of the nut. I can't imagine that any sword would have been supplied...
  12. Anglo Saxon hoard of sword fittings....

    A fantastic find of 83 Anglo Saxon Gold and Silver sword fittings is due to be shown by archaeologists this afternoon.
    The hoard was discovered in a field in Staffordshire by a metal detectorist,...
  13. If you need any more help, I can let you have a...

    If you need any more help, I can let you have a written description on Pooley Notepaper signed by myself as Technical Director.


    Robert,
    That is a very kind offer on your part, if I may say so....
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    Are you going to attempt any cleaning David?...

    Are you going to attempt any cleaning David?
    Regards,
    Ray.
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    The blade engraving looks very similar to S&K...

    The blade engraving looks very similar to S&K (Solingen) marked ones I have seen.
    Regards,
    Ray.
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    Robert, Thank you for your reply. That is very...

    Robert,
    Thank you for your reply.
    That is very helpful information.
    I had always assumed this was a tailor supplied sword, but had not been able to tie the proof mark down with any degree of...
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    Grenadier Guards Officer's Sword.....

    Gentlemen,
    I thought you might like to see a Victorian 1854 Pattern Grenadier Guards Officer sword from my collection.
    I bought this many years ago from Philips Auctioneers in London where it was...
  18. I could swear Robson illustrates a similar sword,...

    I could swear Robson illustrates a similar sword, but instead of GRV and RHA, it has the device of the Lifeguards.
    Jonathan and John,
    I stand corrected.....I overlooked that one.
    Now that's a...
  19. John, Thank you very much for the Medal Index...

    John,
    Thank you very much for the Medal Index cards.
    Very helpful.
    Regards,
    Ray.
  20. Thank you Jonathan. Yes, it seems to be a very...

    Thank you Jonathan.
    Yes, it seems to be a very rare pattern.
    I found it many years ago at an auction in Kent.
    I imagine it came from the estate of Major Rich's wife, who lived in the vicinity....
  21. John, Thanks for your reply. I'd be interested...

    John,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I'd be interested in anything you come across about Major Rich.
    I've only ever come across 1 other identical to mine, but it was in what could only be described as...
  22. 1912 Cavalry Officer Variant.....

    Here is a rare Regimental variant of the 1912 Pattern Cavalry Officer sword.
    The bowl guard is plain other than the Regimental badge of The Royal Horse Artillery and GVR Cypher.
    This Sword,...
  23. I bet your wife didn't get much help with the...

    I bet your wife didn't get much help with the household chores last Saturday........
    Regards,
    Ray.
  24. Re: Scroll Hilt......

    That is a beautiful sword with a fascinating history....just the sort I love.
    My compliments on a superb addition to your collection.
    Regards,
    Ray.
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    Looks wrong to me. Any signs that the hilt has...

    Looks wrong to me.
    Any signs that the hilt has been dis-assembled?
    Regards,
    Ray.
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