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Thread: British India Artillery or Light Cavalry sword , Osbourne?? & Sons Marked

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    British India Artillery or Light Cavalry sword , Osbourne?? & Sons Marked

    Hello Gents,
    Marking to this blade looks to be SBOURNE & SON so Im thinking OSBORNE but wait up theres an extra U ???? unless theres a cutler/ armourer Bourne & Son ive not come across?

    Any help appreciated.
    cheers, Phil
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    Phil, it’s definitely J. Bourne & Son. Joseph Bourne (on his own 1849-1866) and then Son were in business from several addresses in Birmingham from 1867 - circa 1950. They had many contracts to the Indian Army and South Africa.
    It has the general look of the standard Indian Cavalry Sword and locally made scabbard (any stamps on the leather or chape?), but the pierced hilt is most unusual.
    Hopefully our resident ‘Indian’ specialist Gordon Byrne will be able to clarify further, great sword in any case.
    Ben.

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    Cheers,
    Was aware of J Bourne but only as firearms. CaI on scabbard thought it was Calcutta as wasnt a regimental Ca found in my Skennerton. Yes unusual basket , very thick and simple, I like it!

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    The ‘Ca’ mark found on Indian Army kit is the stamp for The Cawnpore Harness & Saddlery Manufactory, It’s one of the few marks not identified by Skennerton, the ‘I’ is for India.
    Last edited by Ben Bevan; 05-17-2022 at 12:31 AM.

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