1796P Waterloo Era British Light Cavalry
Trooper's Sabre, Sold
With crown acceptance mark to show it was issued to a regular
/ front line cavalry trooper, this Waterloo era 1796 pattern light
cavalry sabre by Gill is in good though aged / worn condition.
Almost certainly to have been in use during the 100 Days War (Waterloo),
possible or even probably at the famous battle itself, as this sword
has a crown acceptance mark to the blade, so it was bought by the
Board of Ordnance to be issued to a regular cavalry regiment (not
bought by a reservist / yeomanry regiment). Although worn / faded,
you can still see the crown over 1 acceptance mark to the forte
/ ricasso of the blade, and maker's name "Gill" to the
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition though worn through
cleaning over the years. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt with light
rust patina but solid and sound. The original grip has lost its
original leather but the ribbed hardwood base remains, albeit with
a few worm holes. There appears to be the remains of regimental
markings to one langet, but that may be wishful thinking / an illusion.
There is no scabbard but many people buy reproduction scabbards
that generally fit (no guarantees given here).
A lovely example of this iconic sabre. Please quote item reference
number H40 (1015). Further / large images available upon request.