1796 Patt. English Heavy Cavalry Officer's
Dress Sword, sold
In very good overall condition, a pattern of 1796 British / English
heavy cavalry officer's dress sword and scabbard.
One of the famous "G G" plain bladed swords of this era
(marked "G G" to the ricasso / forte). GG is said by some
to stand for Solingen blade maker Gebruder Grah, while others claim
it to be the stamp of English cutler and crown armaments supplier
George Goodwin. For what difference it makes, I am sure GG stands
for George Goodwin.
These are scarce swords and it is nice to have one with the silvered
wire grip intact, although there are some signs of weakness / stress
(easily strengthened). The plain 33 inch blade is on a dress sword
but more than strong enough and suitable for actual use. There are
some patina patches on the blade but not too many, and the blade
is firm in the hilt. The hilt retains some gilt finish and the grip
is well above average. The leather and gilt fittings scabbard has
more recent (replaced) leather.
I think it will be hard to find a better example. Further / full
sized images upon request. My item reference number is 880 (437)