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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.

1853 Patt British 7th Dragoon Guards Cavalry Trooper's Sabreimage C37 1

Sold Item Notice

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!

image C37 2 7th Dragoon Guards sword number 788

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)

image C37 Liege acceptance mark crown over L over 8

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