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sword of the mounted police?


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hello to collectors and connoisseurs.  one of my acquaintances bought what he said was a "sword of the mounted police", but I have doubts about this item.  I didn't like the handle: engraving, leather-covered handle, brass details.  Unfortunately, the blade is hard to see in the photo.  (I did not see the sword alive only from the photo)








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Dawson called them "patrolman and sergeant" swords.  Fuller called them "mounted police" swords.  Fuller described the grip as leather.  There was a great variety in styles for these, so I'm not bothered by any of that.  What does bother me is that it all looks so new, like it was made yesterday.  I suppose someone could have simply given it a really good buff up.  I have only seen Type 19s faked once or twice, and never seen a police sword faked.  The fakes tend to use obviously poor quality metals, whereas this one looks to have quality metal work.  My gut says it's legit.

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My guess would also be legit. Under higher magnification, you can see it not quite as pristine as it appears in most of the pictures. The saya looks as though it has been knocked around a bit and has the damage one might expect...


Dave M.


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