British Army dress sword, dumbell blade. The guard has G.V. cypher on a leaf design, and inscribed on the inside "Presented to Lt., B. D. Parkinson - Cummine by Newtownbutler Coy. No. 2 Battn. Fermanagh Regt. (U.V.F.). Swords for troopers were issued by the Army however officer's swords were privately purchased by the officers themselves. The 1912 Pattern cavalry officer's sword is of the same basic form as the 1908 trooper's version, but in a more decorative form. The blade, plain for troopers, was usually engraved or etched. The grip is of the same form, but the chequered rubber or bakelite grip was replaced by grey ribbed shark skin, bound with German-silver wire. The pommel, plain on the trooper's version, was chequered and decorated.
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