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1796P British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword, Sold

In sound condition, an exceptionally rare 1796P British heavy cavalry trooper's sword, inspection and troop marks, hatchet point.

Napoleonic / Waterloo 1796P British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword

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Rare, very rare. 100% Authentic, guaranteed. A 1796 pattern heavy cavalry trooper's sword; crown over "1" government acceptance mark (indicating the sword was made by Gill), "K" and "37" to the hilt. This sword was issued to one of the main British heavy cavalry regiments during the Napoleonic Wars, most probably saw action at Waterloo.

Most examples of this sword are in awful condition as they remained in service for many years after the Napoleonic Wars; they were often even cut down to make cutlasses! The few that are in good order were either preserved by a non-combat regiment (rare) or those that were declared unfit for service. You will notice this sword has period nicks to the cutting edge of the blade, so it is likely this sword was withdrawn from service, hence it is in such reasonable order. It is also missing its scabbard, which also indicates the sword was withdrawn from service / decommissioned, as the scabbard was probably retained if it was in good order.

This sword has had the langets removed, which seems to indicate it was in service past the Peninsular War, as their are accounts of complaints of how the langets would foul the sword preventing it from easily being drawn and sheathed during that war. Also, the nicks to the blade are indicative of the sword being wielded like an axe almost, which is how many burly British cavalrymen used this sword, which was not that effective as a thrusting weapon, which it was designed to be ironically.

This sword is made even rarer by the fact it has a hatchet point. There is a popular misconception that all 1796P heavy cavalry swords were field converted to spear point just before Waterloo. However, there is firm evidence that perhaps up to half the British heavy cavalry swords had original hatchet or slightly modified semi-hatchet points. In any event, this sword has seen action (courtesy of the period nicks) where it was wielded, not thrust, and the langets are removed, so the most likely explanation is that the sword was at Waterloo.

The 34 3/4 inch blade is worn and aged, but not as much as most. The Crown over "1" inspection mark shows this sword was bought by the crown; the "1" indicating the sword is Mole made. The blade is still firm in the hilt. The hilt has aged and patina, but is sound, and the troop / trooper markings "K" "37" are just visible on the knuckle bow. The leather grip is aged but mostly still there, which is a big bonus, as most grips have long perished and replaced with crude smooth wooden grips; to hold the same leather as the original trooper is a great feeling.

Truly, this sword is an absolute bargain. Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote item reference number is D70 (753)

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