The Mountain Artillery Sabre was introduced in 1896 for all ranks of the mountain artillery batteries. Two patterns of this sword were made, one for the British Mountain Artillery – arguably the rarest British regulation pattern sword, and one for the British army’s Indian Mountain Battery. The India pattern sabre is more commonly encountered, although still scarce. These swords were issued to British & Indian troops during campaigns on the North West frontier and in WW1.
This sword is the scarce India pattern Mountain Battery sabre, made by Robert Mole of Birmingham. The sword is in excellent condition and is complete with its matching, rare Mk1 scabbard.
The 760mm broad, curved blade has a flat spine and a wide, single fuller on both sides. The shoulder of the spine bears the maker’s details, “ROBT MOLE, BIRMINGHAM.” The hatchet point blade is bright and clean with no rust or damage and only a few minor speckles of tarnish and very shallow pitting. The ricasso is marked with a symbol which I do not recognise.
The brass stirrup guard is in excellent condition. The rear of the forward facing quillon is stamped with the issue date of April 1906 and the regimental markings, “R. P. 4. 06.” Over “M. B. R.” over the number “1”. The blackened, ribbed iron grip is in excellent original condition and the blade is firm in the hilt.
The matching brown leather Mk1 scabbard with brass furniture is in excellent condition. There are a few minor scuffs and marks to the leather. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact and tight. The sabre sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a near mint example of a scarce Birmingham made, India pattern mountain artillery sabre in original and untouched condition.