1796P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre
/ Sword, Osborn, sold
In very good condition, an Osborn made British 1796 pattern light
cavalry trooper's sabre / sword.
We guarantee this is an authentic period 1796 pattern light cavalry
trooper's sabre / sword. We feel the need to say this because the
sword is in such good condition, and because there are a lot of
reproductions on the market, so VGC swords generally are ones to
be suspicious of. This particular sabre was made by Osborn and the
crown over 11 inspection mark on the blade is both correct for Osborn
made swords and proves this sword was purchased by the Board of
Ordnance for the British Army. However, the lack of any regimental
/ troop / trooper markings and the near new condition of the blade
indicates this sabre never made it into the hands of a cavalryman
and thereby explains the very good condition.
The 32 1/2 blade has never seen battle for sure, there is not a
nick on it, and the blade is in such good condition. Firm in the
hilt, the hilt and scabbard equally shows patina as you would expect,
the scabbard patina is so even that it almost looks like "browning"
(a chemical treatment used on swords years later to turn them brown
and thus make them non reflective). The original ebonized (blackened)
wood or possibly leather on wood grip is in good shape. The sword
sheathes and draws exceptionally well (a rarity), the scabbard able
to hold the sword firm when inverted, which means the scabbard's
internal wooden slats are in good condition. Again, this is a 100%
authentic period 1796P, guaranteed.
A well above average example and therefore well worth the price
tag. Further / large images available upon request. Please quote
item reference number E86 (840)