A Rare Celtic Hilt Presentation Heavy Cavalry Sword. 40 ½” overall, 35” wide straight blade with a spear point and wide fuller. Etched to one side with ‘Prize Sword Won in the Dacorum Troop of Yeomanry 1833’ and at the forte “Prosser maker to the king and Royal Family Charing Cross” and on the obverse ‘Prosser maker to the King and Royal Family London’ and ‘WR IV’ under a Crown with crossed lances. Celtic hilt formed of S & C scrolls, stepped pommel and wire bound fish skin grip. In its black painted iron scabbard with two suspension rings.
A possibly unique sword conforms in size and style to the 1796 Heavy Cavalry Troopers sword with variation of Prosser’s Celtic hilt of 1815-20.
Sword in very good condition, some small staining to the blade, scabbard has most of its original black paint.
John Prosser Sword Cutler & Beltmaker to George III, 1795; George IV, 1827. Registered silversmith’s mark 1796. Sword Cutler & Gunmaker, 9 Charing Cross, 1796-1853; 37 Charing Cross 1854-60.
Dacorum Troop of the South Hertfordshire Yeomanry Cavalry formed 16 February 1831.
See The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912 Chapter 11 by R Deller for more on the Celtic hilt and Prosser.