1796P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre
/ Sword, Osborn, sold
In good overall condition, an iconic Napoleonic Wars 1796P British
light cavalry trooper's sabre, stamped crown over 8 (normally for
maker Osborn) proving issued to regular cavalry regiment.
The crown over 8 acceptance mark to the blade is associated with
makers Osborn, and also Tatham & Egg. Having handled a few of
these, we can say it most likely is for Osborn for this sabre. The
crown acceptance mark also means the sabre was purchased by the
British Ordnance for a regular / front line cavalry regiment in
the British army during the Napoleonic wars. There is one period
nick to the cutting edge of the blade, which means this sabre may
have seen action including a defended slash against a French opponent's
The 32 1/2 inch blade is generally sound / strong but has some
pitted areas. The blade is firm in the hilt, the steel stirrup guard
is well patinated but solid. The later replacement blackened (feels
and looks like pitch rather than paint) grip is sold in the hilt.
The steel scabbard is well aged and patinated but strong and sound.
The sabre sheathes and draws very well, the scabbard being able
to hold the weight of the sabre, meaning the inner wooden lines
are still there, and this means the sheathed sabre does not rattle
in the scabbard like many. A lovely example for a low price of just
£600. Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote
item reference number E15 (791).