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1796 Patt. British Light Cavalry Officer's Blue & Gilt Sabre, sold

A pre-1801 1796 pattern British light cavalry officer's sword with blue and gilt etching remaining, made by JJ Runkel of Solingen.

1796 Patt. JJ Runkel Made British Light Cavalry Officer's Blue & Gilt Sabre

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A good example that could be improved upon fairly easily; the grip leather has perished in places, but careful application of a black mastic would probably do the job; the twisted silver wire is astray here and there, but it appears complete, so with careful repositioning and perhaps some adhesive (after seeing to the grip leather) might well allow this sabre to look even more spectacular than it does now. The British Royal Coat of Arms is pre-1801, with the three fleur-de-lis present in the top right quarter. With the top maker's name of the period JJ Runkel of Solingen to the blade's spine, this is a very good sword indeed.

The 32 inch blade retains good amounts of its original blue and gilt etching; the blade has some rust affected areas but not too much / too many. The blade is actually in very good condition for something so old, and it is still firm in the hilt. The hilt is very good and solid. The grip is as previously described, very sound but probably could easily be improved without the need for professional refurbishment.

These Napoleonic wars blue and gilt officer's swords sell for a lot of money at auction, so our price is very good indeed. Please quote item reference H81 (1040). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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