A rare William 4th Prize Sword
A rare William 4th Prize Sword for the Dacorum Yeomanry (Hertfordshire) dated 1833. The broad single edged blade by PROSSER Maker to the King & Royal Family, Charing Crofs, etched with a crowned WRIV interlaced and reversed above a laurel wreath and crossed flags etched DY; the reverse is etched PRIZE SWORD WON IN THE DACORUM TROOP OF YEOMANRY 1833. The iron hilt is pierced and engraved with Celtic scrolls. The grip is covered with fishskin and bound with twisted silver wire. Contained in its black painted steel dress scabbard.
Blade length 35" (89cms) overall length including scabbard 41½" (105.5cms)
The Dacorum Yeomanry was raised 16.02.1831 . For a discussion on similar hilts see Martyn "The British Cavalry Sword From 1600" 2004, Chapter 6 "The Transient Celtic Hilt"