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Quite a few years ago I came across an old 'Victorian' sword in an antique shop in York, I bought it on a whim as it wasn't too expensive and I liked the look of it. When I got it home I did some research and found out a bit about it. An 1822 pattern Infantry Officers sword from a Rifle Regiment manufactured by Johnstone's based in Dublin and London. This kindled an interest I didn't know I had and since then I've built up a nice little collection initially around Infantry Swords from the early 19th century but now incorporating Light and Heavy Cavalry swords and a French Curassiers' sword possibly taken as a trophy from Waterloo or Wellington's Penninsular campaigns. There's a few Military Arms Fairs around the country and I try to attend the northern ones if I can, there's always something to see and take home if you get the taste for it like I did.