British Military Swords 1786-1912. The Regulation Patterns. An Illustrated Price Guide for Collectors.


British Military Swords


The Regulation Patterns

An Illustrated Price Guide for Collectors

by Harvey J S Withers

Price: £49.95


Over 1500 full colour photographs

If you are interested in the history of British military swords then this is the book for you!  It comprises  well over 1500 full colour photographs of British swords  and is the first and only full colour price guide for collectors of British regulation military swords.

Detailed photographs and illustrations of all the British regulation sword patterns from 1786 – 1912 are included in the book.  Close up shots of both the blade, hilt and scabbard make for an informative and ideal resource for the serious antique sword collector.

British swords that are featured include:

  • Cavalry Swords
  • Infantry Swords
  • Naval Swords
  • Scottish Swords
  • General Officers’ Swords
  • Departmental Swords

Also included are special sections on:

  • The Wilkinson Sword Serial Number Index
  • Index of British sword makers and retailers
  • Sword Markings
  • Sword Knots
  • Sample Pages

Here are some sample pages below.

There is also a short  and informative history of the Wilkinson Company and photographic descriptions of how a Wilkinson Sword was manufactured.  Importantly for collectors, the Wilkinson Sword serial number date index (from 1854) has been reproduced to enable serious collectors to accurately date their Wilkinson swords.

Sword Exercise for Cavalry and Collecting Antique British Military Swords Today

Illustrated excerpts and descriptions from the 1796 Sword Exercise for Cavalry by Napoleonic British cavalry officer, Gaspard Le Marchant are reproduced in detail and there are also informative sections on collecting antique swords in today’s marketplace.  Importantly, the subject of  care and preservation of antique swords is covered in detail and there is also a comprehensive bibliography to help the collector further their knowledge of British military swords.

Foreword by Frederick Wilkinson

The Foreword has been written by the renowned and famous edged weapons and antique arms author, Frederick Wilkinson.

Quality book production

Book length is 176 pages and it is printed on luxury 130gsm satin paper with a hardwearing, full colour, laminated hardback cover.


“Well researched, well written and well illustrated, this book is an essential addition for the sword collector”

Gun Mart magazine.

“It is by far and away the best reference guide to Victorian era British swords and is highly recommended”

Stuart Mowbray, Man at Arms magazine.

“Contains plenty of information……a valuable addition to our library”

National Army Museum, London.

“….is a very worthwhile addition to any sword collector’s bookshelf”

The Armourer magazine.

Autographed Copies

I would be delighted to personally sign copies – please let me know if you want me to.

You can buy your copy directly from my website – www.antiqueswordsonline – just click HERE.

Published by Harvey Withers Military Publishing