This sword was used by the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery during the First World War. The RCHA was the first unit of Canada’s permanent military force in 1871 and also participated in the Boer War.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1916
The scabbard is marked to Lord Strathcona’s Horses, a regiment based in Edmonton. It is not unusual for scabbards to be swapped between regiments when the need arises.
This sword was made by Enfield and is in great shape with only minimal traces of corrosion. The bowl has a slight bend, which is fairly common on swords of the era, and might be explained by the way it was carried on the saddle. The bend would have lessened the wear on the saddle. The blade is in pristine condition. Unfortunately, most of the green camo paint is now gone, but most of it remains underneath the bowl.
A great addition to a WW1 or Canadian militaria collector.