1796P British Light Cavalry Officer's Campaign
Sabre by John Gill, for sale
A scarce 1796 pattern campaign sabre for a British light cavalry
officer, made by John Gill.
The Warranted engraving to the blade is pre-1815/Waterloo. John
Gill operated from 1803 to his death in 1826. The sabre would have
been bought by an officer for field / combat use; he may well have
had a finely etched blue and gilt sabre as well, but did not want
to damage it / wave an almighty "I am a proud office, come
and get me" flag to the French. The blade has been period sharpened
and is still sharp, the officer had the both the forward cutting
edge and the first few inches (from the point) of the back edge
sharpened; the later being useful for slashing as you pull your
sabre back from a parry (defensive move or failed forward slash).
This says everything about the sword; it was owner and held by a
British light cavalry officer intent on being the victor, not a
victim. One langet has broken off, indicating past action, and the
tang looks like it may have popped inwards in the past (no major
thing unless you want it for combat).
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition for its age and
quite firm in the hilt. The guard / hilt is good, the grip still
has its original leather grip and silver metal grip wire; the hilt
/ guard appears to have been browned (period camouflaged). The officer
weight steel scabbard has also been period browned and is in good
condition. The sabre sheathes and draws well.
What a lovely sword. Yours for only £? (too late, now sold
- original sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item
reference number AA54 (0046). Further / full sized images upon request.