1821 P British 3rd Dragoon Guards Trooper's
A rare 1821 pattern heavy cavalry trooper's sabre with scabbard
marked to the British 3rd (Prince of Wales') Dragoon Guards.
In overall good condition but having been allowed to rust at one
point and then having been polished by a later owner and with a
slightly shortened blade (clearly done within its service life).
This impressive sword still looks the part and sheathes well, despite
the fact trooper's swords had very long and harsh service lives.
Still visible on the hilt's front bowl guard are the regiment, troop
and sword / trooper number markings 3 D 44, although traces of other
markings exist which I believe may be later markings to a yeomanry
cavalry regiment. Such practices of passing swords from front line
regiments down to reservists being very common and may well explain
the shortening of the blade. The 3rd (Prince of Wales) Dragoon Guards
fought with distinction and have battle honours for the Peninsula
War against Napoleon's French army, though this sabre was made after
1821 so it not likely to have seen any action; the 3rd Dragoon Guards
were on "police" duty in restive Ireland during the Crimean
War when this type of sabre was still in use.
Slightly curved, fullered 34 inch blade is in good order, although
a little pitted and then polished over, it is firm in the hilt and
sheathes very well in the scabbard. The blade "cleaned"
of its original markings. Additional photos available upon request.