1796 Patt. British Light Cavalry Trooper’s
Very good condition, 100% authentic British P 1796 Light Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, regimentally marked, with scabbard.
This is one of the most difficult swords to buy only because there
are so many Indian made reproductions being masqueraded as originals.
Unfortunately, the copiers in India have done a very good job and
it is very difficult to tell the difference unless you know how.
Reproductions generally have no regimental or maker's markings (although
many authentic swords are not marked either) or have clearly amateurish
attempts to stamp these on in someone's home! Reproductions are
also often shorter then the authentic versions. The 1796 Light Cavalry
Trooper's sabre is one of the most collected / prized British army
swords, so getting a genuine item in good condition is very difficult.
The problem is many 1796 LC trooper swords were made without maker
marks and sold directly to regiments, which was the way at the turn
of the 18th Century, leaving it up to regimental chiefs as to if
and how swords were marked. Even after the War Department sourced
swords for the regiments, regiments still decided if and how to
mark their swords. The process of marking swords and other hardware
was to protect the individual trooper, so that someone could not
take another's sword if they lost or damaged their own. Some light
cavalry dragoon and hussar regiments started marking trooper swords
withn the troop letter and trooper's number from around 1797, but
not the regiment number as this was not considered necessary. Earlier
swords therefore are simply marked as this one is, with a tropp
letter and trooper number. In 1812 a general order was made to also
mark swords, etc. with the appelation of the regiment (e.g. "H"
for hussars) but not neccessarily the regimental number (e.g. "1H"
for 1st Hussars).
This 1796 Light Cavalry Trooper's sword is an early one, with the
troop letter and trooper number of "I2" marked to the
knucklebow which is where they were marked at the time. The blade's
ricasso is stamped with a pre-1820 crown over 7 inspector's mark.
This is an original and authentic 1796 Patter Light Cavalry Trooper's
sabre. The sword and scabbard, although with a large amount of patina
are in very good condition overall (slight section of top surface
of grip missing). The blade is 82.5 cm long. Further pictures available