Original British/Australian Army WW1 Cavalry Buff Leather Sword Knot - Dated 1918
Mint, unissued condition Australian surplus with some slight 100 year storage soiling. Dated 1918. Marked "H.G. & R Ld 18" (Hepburn, Gale & Ross Ltd - 1918). WW1 Australian issue most probably for Australian Light Horse of the pattern used at the turn of the 19th century. Also used by infantry officers in WW1. Sand/ochre coloured. 5/8th inch wide. Period hand stamped manufacturers markings may vary in intensity and completeness.
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Took a while to arrive in the UK (31/08/21) but worth the wait. Difficult to believe this sword knot is over 100 years old until you touch it. It was badly dried out so required urgent conditioning with a ph neutral cream. That done I fitted it to my 5 DG, November 1915 British cavalry sword, it fitted perfectly.
I acquired the sword recently from an estate sale in mid Wales in un touched condition, and what's amazing about it was that it had been re issued 8 times (trooper numbers stamped on the hilt and scabbard)! up until 1919. The last regulation cavalry sword that saw action against machine guns! I will leave you to your own thoughts on that.
Sword and knot now conserved for future generations to learn from.