1821 Patt British Light Cavalry Sabre, dated
to 1821, VGC, Sold
In very good condition, an 1821P British light cavalry trooper's
or officer's campaign sabre, datable to 1821.
The blade is etched with a Georgian style table etch block with
the maker's name "Josh Barlow Maker Litchfield Warranted".
Josh Barlow only made swords in 1821, so this is a very early, one
of the first 1821P's and in very good condition. It bears no royal
cypher, which may well be to the slow painful demise of King George
III, or it maybe that the sword was sold to a British cavalry officer
as a plain bladed campaign sword, or it maybe that this was a stock
sword for Josh Barlow. In any event, it is a rarity to find this
pattern of sword (with the ears to the grip / backpiece and pipe-back
blade) in such very good condition.
The sabre has a "browned" (chemically browned) steel
hilt and scabbard and a brown leather grip. This was certainly a
very attractive sword for its time. The impressive 35 1/4 inch blade
is in very good order, and firm in the hilt. The hilt with some
signs of aging, but not too much, is very solid. The grip's outer
surface is flaking a bit but overall is in very good shape. The
steel scabbard has some light rust but is very solid and in good
shape. The sabre sheathes and draws very well.
It is unlikely that you will find a better condition early version
of this 1821 light cavalry pattern, so £xxx is a very good
investment indeed. Please quote item reference H80 (1003). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.