1821 Patt British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
A rare 1821 pattern British heavy cavalry trooper's sword, pre-1829,
made by Reeves of Birmingham, in good condition.
You know this sword was carried by a trooper of one of Britain's
premier cavalry regiments because there were no heavy cavalry yeomanry
(caveat: one yeomanry regiment had heavy cavalry members but these
were issued used / handed down 1796P's ). There appears to be feint
markings to the scabbard but not enough to read / determine any
regiment. In any event, the only clear marking anywhere is that
of the Birmingham maker "Reeves" which dates the sword
to pre-1829 as that is when he (Charles Sr.) joined in a partnership
with Joseph Greaves and thus became Reeves and Grieves.
The 35 3/8 inch blade is mostly very good for its age, though the
tip end has suffered some pitting over the years. The blade with
proof slug is firm in the hilt, the hilt actually very good, the
grip very aged and worn with wood showing through; sneeze, and you
may blow off what leather that remains, though what remains seems
to be fairly well attached, so it should be able to be kept as is.
The blade actually sheathes and draws very well, the scabbard holding
on firm when fully sheathed, which is great to be candid.
A rare, rare sword. The mighty sabres had a very long and arduous
life. They were kept in favour to the 1853P by many regiments for
as long as possible, and then passed on to what heavy yeomanry there
were, or used for practice, or cut down for cutlass. So there are
very few of of them around and, believe it or not, that makes this
one well above average condition wise! Grab it while you can; a
veritable bargain. Further / full sized images upon request. Please
quote item reference number C45 - Box 654-1.18