1796 Patt. British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
In good overall condition for its age and arduous service life,
a 100% authentic Napoleonic British heavy cavalry sword, 1796 pattern,
blade service shortened.
First, it should be easy to tell that this is an authentic 1796
pattern heavy cavalry sword due to the evident age and wear; it
is not one of the sea of reproductions that have flooded the market.
Second, these swords say long arduous lives, that is why there are
so few of them around. After the 100 Days war, they were kept in
service as cavalry practice swords, cut down to cutlasses and /
or passed to a few yeomanry regiments with larger horses / men.
Most had their langets cut off as they kept snaring on the scabbards
and clothing; this one, the langets have instead been pressed into
the blade, but at least they are still present. Most had their disc
guards cut down one side, to prevent the guard fraying uniforms;
this one has its disc guard complete. Most have seen their grips
perish; this one, the grip is in quite good condition and is complete.
After the new pattern was released in 1821, this sword was most
likely a cavalry practice sword, and the tip was broken at least
once, and a new tip formed. Hence the reason the blade is now only
30 inches long, not the original 35 inches (1796P's converted to
cutlasses have even shorter blades).
The 30 inch blade is in good order and firm in the hilt. The hilt
is well above average, as is the grip. There are no markings visible,
probably worn off or behind the langets. In any event, it is a rare
sword and well worth £(too late, now sold, but we will divulge
the original sales price for a small fee); who knows, it could well
have been at Waterloo; it may well have lost its tip through battle
damage! Please quote item reference number H37 (1032). Further /
full sized images available upon request.