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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.

1796P Napoleonic British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre / Sword, Cravenimage F88 1

Sold Item Notice

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.

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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.


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