*15th King’s Hussars, Victorian Officer’s, Regimental Mameluke and Scabbard Sword by Hawkes & Co, London*
A dress sword / levee sword for an officer of the 15th Hussars.
The 15th Kings Hussars Mameluke Sword, produced by “Hawkes and Co. in London, manufacturers to the Queen” and bears the spine number 406. It features an 83cm blade without a fuller, with a clipped back point adorned with foliage and a crown above the regimental title “King’s Hussars.” This particular sword is an early example, as it does not include the Roman numeral XV. The hilt is gilded and includes a cross guard intricately cast with foliage that ends in leaf-shaped buds. The sword has a two-piece ivory grip and comes with a scabbard made of fish skin-covered wood, which is adorned with engraved gilt metal stylized leaves and three open work panels on each side. The suspension mounts of the scabbard are also decorated with foliage, and it features two suspension rings and an acorn dress knot.
Louis Nolan, the officer who gained notoriety as the bearer of the ill-fated order precipitating the Charge of the Light Brigade was part of the 15th Hussars.
This mameluke is in excellent condition with some fading to the engraving and light tarnishing to the blade. The grip is in good condition with a small chip to the ivory near the crossguard. The dress knot is good though slightly worn condition. The scabbard fits snugly and is in good condition. Please see photographs as part of the condition report.