Edwardian Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword

Edwardian Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword

Code: 10168


The sword of Major Gen Sir Chauncey Batho Dashwood Strettell KCIE CB (1881-1958)

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 20 January 1900.
Indian Staff Corps 1901
Lieutenant on 2 May 1902.
13th Rajputs 1901, Waziristan, North West Frontier, India 1901-1902; 
3rd Punjab Cavalry, Punjab Frontier Force 1902; 
Captain on 20 January 1909
Nmai-Hka expedition, Burma 1912-1913; 
Temporary Major 20 October 1914 
Commanding officer of the newly-formed 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron)
Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force.Mesopotamia 1916; 
Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, India 1919; 
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on 8 June 1919
Commandant, Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry Frontier Force 1924-1928;
Assistant Adjutant General, Northern Command, India 1928; 
Commander, 3 Meerut Cavalry Bde 1929-1932; 
Brigadier General on staff, Southern Command, India 1932-1934; 
Deputy Quartermaster General, Army Headquarters, India 1934-1936; 
Deputy Adjutant General and Director of Organisation 1936; 
Commander, Peshawar District, India 1936; 
Retired 1940; 
Group Commandant, POW Camps 1941; 
Director of Demobilisation and Reconstruction, General Headquarters, India 1941-1943; 
Colonel, Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry Frontier Force 1943; 
Retired 1944

More infomation and a good image of Strettell may be found here: 


The sword itself complete with original sword knot and housed in field service scabbard within the outer protective carrying bag bearing Strettell's initials. The scabbard could use a feed, but is holding together well.

Condition is as found, the hilt appears to be coated in a protective grease, which has dried out, and will need a thorough clean, but with no major issues, dents or dings and should come up very nicely indeed.

The blade, by Edward Thurkle of Denmark Street, Soho, London. The blade is also covered in old grease, but appears bright, and should clean up very well. There is the usual foliate decoration, with Edvard VII crown and cypher. There is an etched panel with the initials and surname "C.B.D. STRETTELL".

All in all, completely "as found" and unmolested, a wonderful sword, which promises to yield much more research potential to the next owner.

Strictly over 18's only.