Waterloo Provenance British 13th Light Dragoons
Cavalry Sabre (sold)
In very good order, a Woolley and Deakin made 1796 pattern British
light cavalry sabre for the famous 13th Light Dragoons; this sabre
will have seen action in both Napoleonic Wars; the Peninsula War
and 100 Days War (Waterloo).
Owning an authentic legendary and infamous (despised by the French)
British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre is one thing, owning one
that saw action at Waterloo is another thing entirely, and owning
one that saw action not just at Waterloo but also earlier in the
defeat of Napoleon's army in Portugal / Spain, held by a trooper
of the famous British
13th Light Dragoons.
Clearly period marked 13th LD to both the langet and scabbard mouthpiece,
with the blade's spine equally and correctly marked "Woolley
& Deakin Improved Steel", this sword is 100% authentic.
The 32 inch blade is in good order, firm in the hilt, with some
tell-tale nicks to the cutting edge. The blade is impressively bright
as it has been electroplated to preserve and improve its look (electroplating
protects against rust but is fairly easily removed by electroplaters
The leather grip is original, if a little worn (some small sections
missing), which is satisfying as you hold the same grip as the original
trooper(s) as he / they fought with it hand-to-hand with the French
on a number of occasions. Sword reference number 404 (59).