1821P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword
by Deakin, Sold
In very good condition, a scarce to even rare trooper's version
of the 1821 pattern cavalry sword.
Marked to maker Deakin on the spine, with correct crown over 4
Board of Ordnance acceptance mark and Osborn name on the scabbard,
this is a marriage; the sword is not original to the scabbard. This
actually is not a bad thing, as it suggests the sword was separated
from its original scabbard, quite possibly in battle. Such marriages
can occur later, normally when swords are passed to reservist /
yeomanry regiments; the sword was issued to a regular / front line
cavalry regiment as it has the crown inspection / acceptance mark.
However, had this sword and scabbard ended up with a yeomanry regiment,
there would almost certainly be associated markings, and there are
none. So the most probable explanation is a battlefield marriage.
The 35 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition for its age, save
for the period small nicks to the cutting edge (the blade was period
sharpened) which only adds to the prospect this sword saw action
somewhere like the Crimean War (Charge of the Light Brigade). The
blade is firm in the hilt, the steel hilt is still solid but pitted,
which has removed the likely / possible regimental information that
could indicate where these sword had been. The original grip is
also in good order. The steel scabbard is good though with pitting
and survived the years courtesy of someone having painted it many
years ago (paint now removed, though small specks still remain).
The sword sheathes and draws very well.
These trooper's swords are much rarer than officer's swords, and
to get one in such good condition and with such a possible historical
story to tell is very, very rare. Priced at £xxx, this sword
will only appreciate in value if looked after. Please quote item
reference number H60 (1008). Further / large images available upon