This 1912 British cavalry saber was the last sword to be issued to cavalry officers in the British Army at a time when cavalry charges were no longer widespread and swords were no longer used as military weapons. It was considered the best cavalry sword ever designed and was still in service during the First World War.
The 1912 saber was clearly based on that of 1908 although it had more elaborate decorative features. The hilt was more sophisticated compared to that of the standard sword: while the 1908 soldiers' standard version had a rubber or Bakelite hilt, the officer's version replaced these materials with alpaca wire inlaid shark skin. In addition, the bowl-shaped guard was adorned with an engraved floral motif (honeysuckle) in the style of 19th century officers' swords.
The 1912 design is still in use today, having been adopted by British, Australian and Canadian cavalry units as their ceremonial sword.