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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.

1796P Waterloo British 18th Light Dragoons (Hussars) Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabreimage AC78 1

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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.

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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 upon request.

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