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    1952, surely? So from 1936-1952. But I think we...

    1952, surely? So from 1936-1952. But I think we can definitely rule out purchase during 1939-45! :-)

    John
  2. Strictly speaking the first line of defence for...

    Strictly speaking the first line of defence for an artilleryman is his whacking great cannon - if he has to use his fallback weapons then something has probably gone wrong! :D

    John
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    Hi David, There are two examples from Badham,...

    Hi David,

    There are two examples from Badham, Pile & Co on OldSwords.com - a P1845 Infantry with VRI cypher (so post-1876) and a P1821 Light Cavalry.

    Hope that helps,

    John
  4. Only 5 on from one of Martin's swords, which was...

    Only 5 on from one of Martin's swords, which was also a Scottish pattern, and dated to 1898 (see post #43).
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    This is from "Honour the Light Brigade (Lummis &...

    This is from "Honour the Light Brigade (Lummis & Wynn):
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    Hi Niklas, Unlikely - officers were ordered to...

    Hi Niklas,

    Unlikely - officers were ordered to replace the handguards on their swords where necessary (ie where these bore a royal cypher) on the accession of a new monarch, but it wasn't required...
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    Sharpening was carried out on the eve of...

    Sharpening was carried out on the eve of embarkation or battle (as blades tend to go blunt if repeatedly drawn from steel scabbards; eg for parades or other non-combat purposes), so I'd say there was...
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    To add to what Will says, the sword was...

    To add to what Will says, the sword was officially inspected at Enfield (as shown by the "E" under the crown and inspector's numbers).
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    Hi Bill, Yes, I'd agree that these are J and S...

    Hi Bill,

    Yes, I'd agree that these are J and S (see reference pics attached). On the crest, Fairbairn's Crests is the go-to guide - copies are available online or via a good second-hand book...
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    I remember reading somewhere (can't remember...

    I remember reading somewhere (can't remember where, may have been a Richard Holmes book), that in WW1 when German snipers started picking off officers specifically because their caps and swords...
  11. I'd agree - with a hard cutoff at 1936 when...

    I'd agree - with a hard cutoff at 1936 when George V died.
  12. And you can narrow it down a bit more as the RAF...

    And you can narrow it down a bit more as the RAF was only formed in April 1918.
  13. Really nice - the sword must date from after...

    Really nice - the sword must date from after 1881, when the regiment was awarded the AFGHANISTAN 79-80 award. I agree with Ben that the proof disk is Pillin, but the device on the other side is a...
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    Yep, perfect!

    Yep, perfect!
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    Thanks for the update, Matt - quite often in this...

    Thanks for the update, Matt - quite often in this kind of thread the original poster goes quiet and we never get to hear the end of the story! :) Regarding the blade, I've used car chrome cleaner...
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    Fine condition, Paul - I'd go easy on the...

    Fine condition, Paul - I'd go easy on the cleaning as there seems very little work needed! I wonder if Stayner started spelling his surname that way after 1914 to make it look a bit less German? ...
  17. Hi Paul, and welcome to the Forum! A good place...

    Hi Paul, and welcome to the Forum! A good place for selling swords would be the Antiques Classifieds (Non-business) board, which you can find at:
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    Hi Victor, No, it's a repro from the Indian...

    Hi Victor,

    No, it's a repro from the Indian sub-continent, probably no more than 20 or 30 years old. It's actually not bad if you want a re-enactor sword or just to display, but all of the...
  19. Excellent - comprehensive and very well...

    Excellent - comprehensive and very well researched. Nice job!
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    Given that an Indian website won't be able to...

    Given that an Indian website won't be able to cross-refer with HM Govt's passport database, and unless you plan on visiting in person, does it matter what number you put in? Just a thought... :)
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    Plate 76, crest number 1 in Fairbairn's is the...

    Plate 76, crest number 1 in Fairbairn's is the closest I can find - panther with flames issuing from mouth and ears. But it isn't the same as yours and relates to the Acland, Palmer or Philips...
  22. Salcombe Regis is a little village on the coast a...

    Salcombe Regis is a little village on the coast a few miles from where I live. Only a few houses but a very pretty parish church, parts of which date back to the 12th Century. Coney's father...
  23. Good work! And further confirmation that...

    Good work! And further confirmation that treating yourself to a new sword when appointed to field rank was not uncommon!
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    Hi Jordan, Nice sword. If you can see words...

    Hi Jordan,

    Nice sword. If you can see words like Constancy or Faithfulness in the motto, my money would be on a dog: man's best friend and all that.

    I'm presuming the Wilkinson register isn't...
  25. Hi Robin, Puzzling that your sword has a GVIR...

    Hi Robin,

    Puzzling that your sword has a GVIR cypher but just "Army Service Corps" on the blade, and not "Royal Army Service Corps", as the "Royal" prefix was added in late 1918. I have a George...
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