Waterloo British 18th Light Dragoons (Hussars)
Trooper's Sabre, Sold
100% Waterloo provenance (and more). A Gill made 1796P British
18th Light Dragoons (Hussars) Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre.
It is rare to get a 100% provenance Waterloo British cavalry sword
because very few regiments marked their regimental designation to
the swords & scabbards (most regiments simply inscribed the
troop and weapon number); the 18th
Light Dragoons (Hussars) were one of the few that regimentally
marked their weapons. Feint, aged, on the hilt is "18 LD"
over "B" over "32" for 18th Light Dragoons,
Troop B, Weapon 32. The scabbard faintly inscribed "18 LD"
over "G" over "78", so the scabbard is a post
battle marriage (possibly this sabre fell when the 18th Light Dragoons
charged the French Centre at Waterloo, and was then put into an
available scabbard after the event). In any event, this sabre saw
service in both the Peninsular and 100 Day (Waterloo) Wars. These
markings are aged and impossible to fake.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt; crown over 5 acceptance mark to the forte. T (yes, they look
like an "I") GILL maker's mark to the spine. The grip
in good condition. The heavy steel scabbard is very sound, some
age / pitting / wear, one throat piece tightening screw missing.
The sword sheathes and draws very well.
Imagine, the trooper that once held this sabre charged the French
Centre at Waterloo. Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please
quote item reference AC78 (0337). Further / full sized images available