Circa 1765 English Dragoon or Household Cavalry
A highly impressive 39 1/8 inch bladed English heavy cavalry basket
hilted backsword in very good condition, possibly the Royal Regiment
of Horse (Royal Horse Guards).
This pattern of basket hilt was carried by English dragoons (who
were designated as heavy cavalry) from around 1750 to 1780, but
their blades were around 35 to 37 inches long; this example has
a monstrous 39 1/8 inch blade and for this reason I suspect it is
a Royal Regiment of Horse / Royal Horse Guards trooper's sword.
Little is known about what sword the Household cavalry held prior
to 1882, but it does seem they carried various swords according
to their commander's preferences. Possibly earlier, possibly 1760,
but think this sword probably was issued to a Royal Horse Guards
trooper upon his return from the 7 years War.
Whoever held this sword and there is no real doubt he was a trooper,
was a very large man and on a very large horse. This backsword is
in very, very good condition given its age and rarity. There is
some sign of former rust pitting or even damage to blade, but very
little. The blade is still very much firm in the hilt which appears
perfect shape wise. OK, the grip covering, perhaps leather, has
long gone, but the wooden base is sound, though with numerous worm
holes, and even some of the twisted grip wire remains. I doubt you
will find another one with a blade like this. So, perhaps the bargain
of the site at £? (too late, now sold). Further / full sized
photos available upon request. Sword reference number 976 (408).