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Boer & WW1 British / Australian Pattern 1822 Royal Artillery (RAA) Officer Sword

Boer & WW1 British / Australian Pattern 1822 Royal Artillery (RAA) Officer Sword

$1,175.00
Product code: 84

Availability: SOLD

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A FIRST WORLD WAR BRITISH / AUSTRALIAN PATTERN 1822 ROYAL ARTILLERY (RAA) OFFICERS SWORD AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ROBERT MOLE IN BIRMINGHAM IN 1895/6 AND ETCHED WITH THE ROYAL CYPHER OF KING GEORGE V.  The Sword, Royal Artillery Officer, Pattern 1822, as it is officially designated, was developed from the three bar hilted Light Cavalry Officers Sword, Pattern 1821 although original Pattern 1821 pipe-backed blade was replaced with a more robust fullered blade. This sword is a superb example of this revised pattern.

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A FIRST WORLD WAR BRITISH / AUSTRALIAN PATTERN 1822 ROYAL ARTILLERY (RAA) OFFICERS SWORD AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ROBERT MOLE IN BIRMINGHAM IN 1895/6 AND ETCHED WITH THE ROYAL CYPHER OF KING GEORGE V.  The Sword, Royal Artillery Officer, Pattern 1822, as it is officially designated, was developed from the three bar hilted Light Cavalry Officers Sword, Pattern 1821, with its pipe-backed blade .  As Brian Robson in his excellent reference work ‘Swords of the British Army’ writes these swords have ‘been carried, with minor changes and one exception (the Mountain Artillery, Pattern 1896), by Royal Artillery’ and Royal Australian Artillery Officers ever since.

The basic characteristics of the Sword, Royal Artillery Officer, Pattern 1822 were similar to the Light Cavalry Pattern 1821 although original Pattern 1821 pipe-backed blade was replaced with a more robust fullered blade. This sword is a superb example of this revised pattern. The straight blade was optimized for thrusting in line with the common wisdom of the time, which stated that ‘the point will always beat the edge’. The new guard was a three bar basket hilt in plated sheet steel that provided good protection to the officer’s hand. The grip is sharkskin/shagrin covered wood bound with brass wire.  This particular example is fitted with its original heavy duty leather Pattern 1822 Field Service Scabbard. An excellent photograph of the officers of 77th Field Bty RA in carrying similar swords is attached for reference. 

With regard to Australian service, the majority of swords supplied to British and commonwealth officers throughout the Empire were purchased via London suppliers or local suppliers selling swords made in the UK. Robert Mole of Birmingham were one of the best known and most highly regarded sword manufacturers in Britain and supplied swords to order. The serial number on the back edge of the bladeindicates that this sword was manufactured in 1911/12. The Australian War Memorial hold many similar swords, including one manufactured by Mole’s main competitor; Wilkinson: RELAWM15261.  Another example, also produced by Wilkinson and carried by Lieutenant C C Worner, of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, is held by the AWM as exhibit RELAWM16361.001.  The two swords can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM15261 and http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM16361.001.

This is a first class example of a British and Commonwealth Sword, Royal Artillery Officer, Pattern 1822 manufactured between 1911 and 1912. A large and robust weapon, this sword is fitted with a heavy duty etched steel blade in superb original condition. In fact, this is one of the finest original blades I have ever come across on an artillery sword, the etching is particulary good.  The sharkskin/shagrin covered wooden grips are original and are also in very good original condition.  One blade ricasso is stamped with the ROBt MOLE & SONS, MAKERS, Birmingham manufacturers mark while the other is marked with the ‘Damascene’ star and Prooved cartouche.  The steel blade is very clearly etched with the usual infantry pattern scrollwork and the Royal Cypher (GRV) of King George V (1911 – 1937) (see pictures) and is as good as any I have seen on a blade of this age

Type: Pattern 1822, Royal Artillery Officers Sword
Maker: Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham
Overall Length: 1057.0 mm
Blade Length:  894.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  27.0 mm
Scabbard: Leather, Pattern 1822 Field Service Scabbard
Overall Length of Scabbard:  920.0 mm

From Australia, a very good First World War British and Commonwealth Sword, Royal Artillery Officer, Pattern 1822 fitted with its original Pattern 1822 Field Service Scabbard produced by Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham. A heavy, robust weapon, this example has everything you look for in a Pattern 1822 Royal Artillery Sword; condition, patina, and provenance.  A superb First War Pattern Artillery Sword with an outstanding blade, a variant still in service with the Australian and British Army’s today.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.2000
Country of Origin Australian, British
Sword Type Artillery
Maker Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1911
Overall Length (mm) 1057
Blade Length (mm) 894
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 27
Scabbard Pattern 1822 Field Service Scabbard
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 920