1796P English Heavy Cavalry Officer's Campaign
Sword, Waterloo, sold
In very good though aged condition, a 1796P English / British
heavy cavalry officer's "undress" / campaign sword, spear
pointed indicates use at Waterloo.
In very good condition for its age, a guaranteed authentic 1796
pattern British cavalry officer's undress sword; the sword the officer
used while on campaign (in battle), plus possibly later replacement
scabbard. The 34 inch plain blade with ubiquitous "G"
stamp to either side of the ricasso (there is much debate about
what the "G" or sometimes "GG" marks mean, but
many subscribe to the ideal these are for "Good" approval
markings) is in very good though well "polished" condition,
and is firm in the hilt; there is the slightest bend and minor nicks
to the cutting edge, again signaling use.
There is no clear maker's name to the spine, though the apparent
remains of one are just visible, it looks like "Osborn".
The hilt is undamaged (most have broken sections) and some patina
but is very solid and sound. The leather grip is worn but mostly
good; some wear patched but that just adds to the attraction as
this sword was obviously held / used a lot. The silver twisted grip
wire bindings are complete though a few turns are a little wayward
one side, again testifying to being held / used a lot. The Steel
scabbard is marked to "Osborn & Co" "Birmingham".
The sword sheaths and draws very well; the scabbard holding firm
to the blade when fully sheathed. Please note: Being this is an
officer's sword, it was a private purchase by the officer or his
family / friends, so there are no government / war department stamps.
This blade has been spear pointed. Originally it has a hatchet
point which was far less effective at penetrating the enemy's personal
armour than a spear point. A general order was given 6 days before
Waterloo for british heavy cavalry swords to be converted to spear
point, though not all were. It is unlikely an officer would convert
his sword to spear point unless he intended to use it and was present
at Waterloo, plain and simple. The fact this sword has a plain,
rather then blue and gilt etched blade is typical for a front line
officer, as he need something to kill, not to show off.
Again, the sword is 100% period and authentic, and was almost certainly
used in the 100 Days War. It is therefore exceptional value at only
£2000, especially as we saw a virtully identical example but
with a cracked hilt sell for £2500 elsewhere literally as
we were listing this item (we would be happy to send you proof of
the other slightly damaged sword selling for much more elsewhere,
just ask us); again, our price for this item was £2000. Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request. Please quote item
reference number D71