1796P British Light Cavalry Troop Sergeant's
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.
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.
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).