1788 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Officer's
Sword, for sale
In aged condition, a scarce 1788 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry
Etched "vive le roi" (long live the king) to both sides,
these swords are quite frail in comparison to other heavy cavalry
swords, hence you will often find them derided by officers of the
time and the reason they were superceded / replaced in 1796.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in very aged condition with a steady patina
through to pitting, especially towards the point. Blade a little
loose in the hilt. The hilt is incredibly intact (it looks like
there are two missing inner round bar stubs at the front but we
have studied other examples and they do not have inner round bars
either), though pitted and quite frail. The original fishskin grip
is mostly complete but for some patch loss near the pommel, were
the grip endured the most wear.
Truly a scarce item. Very reasonably priced at just £900.
Please quote item reference AE24. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0729-108x16x16 (2.443).