1821 Patt British 3rd Dragoons Cavalry Trooper's
Good condition 1821 pattern British light cavalry trooper's sabre;
the scabbard is clearly marked to the legendary and infamous 3rd
This is a scarce 1821 pattern British light cavalry trooper's sabre
in good order for its age / harsh service life and with some interesting
markings; the scabbard is marked "3 DG D 1" (3rd Dragoon
Guards, D Troop, Trooper 1"). The 3rd Dragoon Guards were of
course heavy cavalry! Why D troop's presumably lead trooper or corporal
carried a light cavalry sabre, I will leave others to advise or
speculate. In any event, it does add interest and potentially greater
value to what is a superb sword anyway. Not least as the sword was
very likely to have been involved in the infamous 1831
charge on the Bristol Rioters. The scabbard is marked to maker
Enfield, while the sabre to Woolley, Sargant & Fairfax (1826
to 1834), but as there are no later / yeomanry markings, the presumption
must be that the scabbard was a period replacement for the original.
There is a stores / rack number of 8116 to the guard.
The 35 1/2 inch blade, complete with crown inspection mark which
confirms the sabre was sold to the regular army, not yeomanry, is
in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The outer bar of the
guard is bent a little inward, which only shows typical service
wear (these swords had very long and arduous service lives and were
still in use and preferred to its predecessor by many regiments
even as late as the Crimean War). The wooden grip has lost its leather
skin (again indicating a long, harsh service life) but is in very
good condition for its age. The steel scabbard is sound to good,
with some pitting. The sabre sheathes and draws very well.
1821P's like this with history and a clear service life are scarce.
A great addition to anyone's collection as well as being an investment,
the price is £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
435 (109). Further / full sized images available upon request.