This Mameluke Sword belonged to Major General Victor Conradsdorf Morisset Sellheim, one of the School's most distinguished Old Boys (BGS 1881-1884). He excelled at sport, with two trophies named in his honour. The sword was made to the 1831 pattern with a two-piece ivory grip and decorated hilt in steel scabbard. Mameluke swords were carried as dress swords by officers of major general rank and above. The cross-hilted, curved, scimitar-like sword takes its name from the sabres used by Mamluk warriors (a knightly caste originally made up of Muslim slaves).