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1796P British Light Cavalry Troop Sergeant's Sabre, sold

In good sound condition for its age, a rare British 1796P light cavalry troop sergeant's sabre from the Napoleonic Wars era, battle use evidence, therefore possibly a Waterloo connection.

1796P Napoleonic Wars / Waterloo British Light Cavalry Troop Sergeant's Sabreimage E17 1

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First, we guarantee this is an authentic Georgian British 1796P light cavalry sabre, not one of the many deliberately aged reproductions sold on other sites; this sabre was held by a British cavalryman during the Napoleonic Wars. Second, it is well aged, but there is a bonus in that the nicks to the forward cutting edge of the blade can be determined as period. Clearly, this sabre saw action, the nicks are commensurate with the slashing and guard tactics used by the British light cavalry so effectively against the French. Be of no doubt, this blade has literally crossed swords with some French steel in the early 1800's.

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We are certain this is a troop sergeant's sabre because of the grip and scabbard. The grip has silvered twisted grip wire, like that of an officer's sword, while the scabbard is the heavier trooper's form. There are no markings visible due to the patina / rust pitting (we have of course stabilized the rust and made it inert), so it is possible this is an officer's campaign sabre.

The 32 1/2 inch iconically curved blade with flared tip section is sound, it has endured time and moisture; it still has strength. It would be possible to "clean" the blade to expose bright steel but we would not recommend this. The blade as a few tell-tale nicks to the forward cutting edge that show this sabre has been period used in a combat situation; it is not possible to fake these on an aged blade like this. The blade is firm in the hilt, the hilt very sound and strong with a light pitting and all over patina. The leather over wood grip is original, which is a huge bonus, though very worn with some loss under the pommel; the silver twisted grip wire bindings are amazingly still present except for the upper most turn under the pommel. The Steel scabbard has lost its throat piece and has a patina / light pitting all over, but is sound. The sabre sheathes and draws quite well, the last few inches a little tight, indicating the scabbard's wooden liners have survived but are perhaps collecting near the end; still, most 1796P's rattle like garden shears in a metal watering can, so the sheathing / drawing aspect is very good by comparison.

A tremendous sabre at a very realistic price. Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote item reference number E17 (781).

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