1853 Patt British 7th Dragoon Guards Cavalry
Trooper's Sabre, sold
In good condition, a scarce 1853P British cavalry trooper's sabre
with rare Liege blade that would have seen service during the Indian
Wars with the 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards.
One of the rare Liege (Belgium) made 1853P's (stamped "8"
under "L" under British acceptance "crown")
marked on the scabbard to the 7th Dragoon Guards, which means the
sabre would have seen action in the Indian
Mutiny of 1857. It is believed because of the demand by both
Confederate and Union cavalry for this sword from British makers,
the British War Office were forced to buy blades and even swords
from makers in Liege (Belgium), chosen for their ability to make
finest quality pieces. The sabre and scabbard clearly have been
together for a long time with equal amounts of rust pitting, plus
sure sheathing and drawing that say the sabre is original to the
scabbard. The scabbard is marked "7DG" for 7th Dragoon
Guards, and "789" as the weapon (rack) number. There appears
to be the remains of complimentary markings on the hilt, but rust
pits can play games with the eyes!
The 35 1/2 inch blade is in good condition, some former rust pitted
areas, not too many, marked with the Liege acceptance mark one side,
"13" (maker or contract number) the other, and with "B"
British bend test marks along the spine. The blade is still very
firm in the hilt, the hilt and scabbard have fairly deep rust pitting
but are both very sound; this is a heavy / solid sabre. The grip
pieces are still good and firm. Well worth our asking price of £550.
Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote item reference
number C37 (657)