1796P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre,
In very good condition, a Gill made British 1796 pattern light
cavalry trooper's sabre with a Dawes scabbard; such mismatches often
indicate Waterloo use.
We guarantee this is an authentic period 1796 pattern light cavalry
trooper's sabre / sword, approximately 200 years old (not an aged
recently made reproduction). What makes this sabre very interesting
is the mismatched sword to scabbard; the sword was made by Gill,
the scabbard by Dawes. As the scabbard and hilt have commensurate
patina, it is most likely that that the two were married many years
ago. The most likely reason being the sword was collected from the
battlefield at Waterloo and married with a suitable scabbard, as
happened a lot. Many broken / damaged blades, many fallen swords.
In any event, this is a first class sword in very good condition.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is very good condition, with the correct crown
over 1 inspection stamp for the period for Gill made swords. Blade
firm in the hilt, the sword sheathes and draws well into the Dawes
made steel scabbard, which is equally in good condition. The original
leather over wood grip is in aged but sound condition, some worm
holes. A well above average example and a good investment. Further
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