THE SWORD, SCABBARD & SWORD KNOTS
Officers of the Household Cavalry have always carried swords that were of a special pattern. Known as State Swords (primarily used for ceremonial occasions) the regulations that described them first appeared in 1822. A new pattern was authorised in 1834 and replaced in 1874. This 1874 State Sword remains virtually unchanged to this day with alterations to the Monarch’s crown being the only difference. Of course, the amalgamation of both Life Guards regiments in 1922 eliminated the regimental number.
The sword hilt design was basically the same for all three regiments with, on the guard the regimental monograms in gilt with, for the Life Guards the number, which for the first regiment was in the centre of the monograms and for the second, below it.
The scabbard had more decorative fittings than the swords of regular cavalry and were of brass.
The sword knot for the 1st Life Guards was a white leather strap and for the 2nd Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards a gold lace strap on a crimson leather backing with a crimson and gold knot.
It should be noted that on service, officers used the regulation heavy cavalry pattern sword.
sword belt for all three regiments was the same as the shoulder belt only 1 ¾ inches wide. The waist plate had the same device that was on the pouch only smaller and without the backing.
The sword slings were one inch wide and followed the pattern of the sword belt.