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  1. James, For some time the four digit numbers...

    James,

    For some time the four digit numbers (1621 & 2627) on blades sold under the Garden name had puzzled me to no end, and I must admit that it was only this morning whilst reading your material...
  2. Could the various four digit numbering systems...

    Could the various four digit numbering systems being in play suggest order numbering, or a particular four digit sequence having been allocated to each of a number of trade customers.
  3. Hi James, Based on theory only, another number...

    Hi James,

    Based on theory only, another number I have in my Garden research stuff is 1621; which again is not consistent with Garden numbering however, in this case there is no proof mark. Would...
  4. Hi James, In the first instance I must say...

    Hi James,

    In the first instance I must say that I don't have any Pillin swords, and I can't recall ever having had any swords marked Pillin, and I have never studied Pillin to any extent. Having...
  5. Hi Will, Just been trawling through my...

    Hi Will,

    Just been trawling through my research correspondence for the past twelve years, and found the info that supports my recollection regarding the PA pattern.

    "The office of Ranger of...
  6. James, It's abbreviated, but it says 3 barred...

    James,

    It's abbreviated, but it says 3 barred Light Cavalry.
  7. Hi Will, I seem to recall exchanging notes...

    Hi Will,

    I seem to recall exchanging notes with Robert Wilkinson Latham on this description, and as far as I can remember, "Prince Alfred"
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    Hi Norman, That is a really impressive sword!...

    Hi Norman,

    That is a really impressive sword!

    Gordon
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    Thanks Norman, should be OK now. Regards, ...

    Thanks Norman, should be OK now.

    Regards,

    Gordon
  10. Royal Artillery Special Pattern

    Although swords with this particular type of hilt were used by some officers in service with the Royal Artillery, that (in my opinion) is not sufficient grounds to call the hilt a "Special Royal...
  11. Hi James, Although the gutta percha grip...

    Hi James,

    Although the gutta percha grip plates are generally encountered on later solid hilt swords, both laminated leather grip plates and gutta percha grip plates were concurrent in the later...
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    Hi James, Photo appeared after I last looked,...

    Hi James,

    Photo appeared after I last looked, but still like to see an image of the hilt and know the length of the false edge.
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    Hi James, Any chance of an image of the hilt and...

    Hi James, Any chance of an image of the hilt and the point of the blade, also can you please tell me the length of quill section.

    Gordon
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    Sticky: Hi Ben, interesting photo. I've been trying to...

    Hi Ben, interesting photo. I've been trying to make our what has been written on the photo however, the photo is to small and pixilates when enlarged; the key to identification may well be the...
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    Hi James, I'd seen the sword pre-auction, and...

    Hi James,

    I'd seen the sword pre-auction, and find your post and various responses all very interesting.

    Whilst I've not done much in terms of looking for RB, I though I might mention my Patent...
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    Sorry about the typos...Whist it's not so easy...

    Sorry about the typos...Whist it's not so easy...
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    Hi James, Whist it not so east to find solid...

    Hi James,

    Whist it not so east to find solid hilt swords with the garter cartouche "PATENT" that are also marked with the Reeves name, it seems that some of the swords that Reeves made for others...
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    I would suggest Hobson based on the following...

    I would suggest Hobson based on the following description of crest:

    A panther's head erased and guard. ppr. fire issuing from the mouth and ears, gorged with a collar chequy or and az.
  19. Thanks James, My suggestion would be that...

    Thanks James,

    My suggestion would be that your sword possibly dates to the 1850s; I'm fairly sure I've seen examples made by Reeves, plus the fact that the pattern was produced by more than one...
  20. Hi James, Anther question that comes to mind...

    Hi James,

    Anther question that comes to mind is blade length and width at shoulder?
  21. Hi Matt, Were the Wilkinson numbered swords...

    Hi Matt,

    Were the Wilkinson numbered swords with the inspection mark the same pattern as being discussed in this thread?
  22. In my humble opinion, the EIC was slightly more...

    In my humble opinion, the EIC was slightly more than an offshoot, which at one stage had forces in numbers that exceeded that of the British army. The Government of India Act which lead to the Crown...
  23. There's a number of these swords with the blued...

    There's a number of these swords with the blued and gilt work on the blade in existence however, I think this might be? (I'm not sure) the first one I've seen with the inspection mark. The blade type...
  24. Hi James, At this point in time, I can't tell...

    Hi James,

    At this point in time, I can't tell you exactly who they were issued to however, the broad arrow over I is an Indian inspection mark.
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    Hi John, The plot thickens! I must say I have...

    Hi John,

    The plot thickens! I must say I have no explanation for "German Grip" (or blade for that matter) in terms of "style". Do you have an explanation? I do seem to have a vague impression that...
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