This officer's P1827 levee sword by Wilkinson numbered 25845 on spine for 1884. Plated steel guard with integral strung bugle beneath crown. 38" oa length with 32 1/2" narrow blade bearing the Victoria cipher and the owner's name - Dudley Rider- among typical etched designs. Wire-bound fishskin grip. With original nickel plated steel scabbard.
Lt. Colonel Dudley Granville Richard Ryder (1858-1926) was commissioned into the famous King's Royal Rifle Corps (formerly the 60th Rifles) in May 1878 seeing extensive service throughout the Empire during the heyday of the Victorian era. According to Hart's Army List 1885: "Lieut. Ryder served with the 3rd Battalion in the later part of the Zulu War of 1879 (Medal). Also served with the 3rd Battalion in the (First) Boer War in 1881, and was present at Lang's Nek and the Ingogo River. Served with the 3rd Battalion in the Egyptian War of 1882, present at the engagement at Tel-el-Mahutta, in action at Kassasin (9th September), and the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star)." Lieut. Ryder's exemplary conduct at the Battle of Laing's Nek, 28 January 1881, is covered in detail in author Lt. Colonel Mike Snook's 2008 book Into The Jaws Of Death - British Military Blunder, 1879-1900. Lieut. Ryder also participated in the Sudan Expedition of 1884 and was present at the engagement at Temai (two Clasps for Egypt Medal). Ryder subsequently advanced through the commissioned ranks and retired from the Rifle Brigade as Lieut. Colonel in October 1902. After leaving the army Col. Ryder held the officer of Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire. He died at Westbrook Hay, Bovington, Hertfordshire in June 1926. Sold with an original later 1880's cabinet card of Captain Ryder in civilian dress and photocopied biographical information.