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    British Cavalry 1908

    Hello,

    Finally I have managed to find my dreamed 1908 cavalry sword (in a good enough condition). The blade is in a very good shape, almost sharp I would say. I was able to deduce it is a MK1 model, made in September 1911. I think I see a faint D and a clear G 6 on the bowl, which makes me think it belonged to 6th Dragoon Guards.

    I was wondering if anybody with better knowledge in British markings could find out anything else interesting about it.

    Thanks.

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    You have a nice early 1908p with matching scabbard to Wilkinsons. The blade will have serrations under the leather washer on the spine to retain said washer.
    I believe you are correct with its markings. That the date on the sword is 1911 and scabbard 1912 is usually the case as blades could be stored until the sword was completed and the scabbard made and therefore marked the following year.

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    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).
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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    is there any way to guess more accurately if it was ever used? the 6th dragoon guards had a nice history in ww1, and the sword was made just before it. there is no rejection mark on it. it was even sharpened really nice.

    yet, the blade is in a much too pristine condition.

    on the other side, why would it have stayed unused?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor S View Post
    is there any way to guess more accurately if it was ever used? the 6th dragoon guards had a nice history in ww1, and the sword was made just before it. there is no rejection mark on it. it was even sharpened really nice.

    yet, the blade is in a much too pristine condition.

    on the other side, why would it have stayed unused?
    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 a very good chance this blade was carried during WW1. However, as to whether it was used in action very much, well, British cavalry used SMLE rifles just as much, if not more, than swords for most of the War.
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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