1796 P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre
A good condition 1796 P light cavalry trooper's sabre, believed
made by Osborn as has crown inspection stamp 11, complete with scabbard.
A good if "cleaned" (rust removed) 1796 pattern cavalry
trooper's sabre with a British crown 11 inspection stamp, indicating
the sword was made by Osborn (Birmingham and London) for a front
line army cavalry regiment. This inspection stamp, the two "B"
ben test marks on the blade's spine, the genuine aged condition
plus the correct feel of this sword allow me to 100% guarantee it
is authentic. It is a shame the scabbard and hilt have been cleaned
so much as any regiment markings are now lost; who knows what these
would have told us about where this sword has once been.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good order; it has some small
precise nicks to the first cutting section of the blade and I would
say these are without a doubt the result of a clash of swords. The
blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt and the scabbard have rusted
in the past and then been over-cleaned (the rust pitting is still
evident). None the less, the sword is still robust. The grip is
in very good order but the grip wire bindings have gone. The sword
sheathes well; the scabbard has some rust penetration holes near
the shoe / drag. A good example. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. Sword reference number 687 (267).