1796P Napoleonic British Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sabre, Craven, sold
In overall aged but good condition, a Thomas Craven made 1796
pattern British light cavalry trooper's sabre.
An issued (bears a crown over 11 acceptance mark to the blade)
with period nicks to the forward cutting edge says this 1796P was
held by a trooper of a regular (not yeomanry) British cavalry regiment
and almost certainly saw action during the Napoleonic wars.
Marked to the spine "This Craven" (sword maker of Birmingham),
the 32 /12 inch blade is actually in very good condition except
for the ominous nicks to the forward cutting edge, and some blotchy
staining (light, so can easily be removed). The blade is firm in
the hilt. The steel hilt, like the steel scabbard, are evenly rusted
/ pitted (medium), though there is enough metal there to all for
this to be removed. The grip is complete, the original leather intact,
which is a great bonus to be able to grasp the same leather as the
trooper did 200 years or so ago. The sword sheathes and draws well;
the wooden internal liners of the scabbard ap;pear to have survived.
Irrespective of whether you remove the rust scale or leave as is
(we have treated the rust of course), this is still a very fine
sabre and well above average example. Please quote item reference
number F88 (918). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.