1796 Pattern Waterloo British Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, sold
In good though very aged and battle damaged condition, a rare
1796P British heavy cavalry trooper's sword and scabbard, spear
There can be little doubt that this sword was at Waterloo because
it has been converted to spear point (originally it would have had
a hatchet point). There is no doubt either that this sword has been
used extensively in battle, there are period nicks along much of
the forward cutting edge of the blade, and the point section is
"wobbled" (bent); it hit something or rather someone full
on. As such battle damage would have retired the sword, this can
only mean the damage or most of it, had to have happened at Waterloo.
What makes this sword really interesting, is its age; it has an
earlier crown acceptance mark and Woolley & Deakin maker's mark,
so the sword quite likely also saw service in the Peninsular War.
The guard / knucklebow has the remains of a troop and weapon /
trooper number; the later is "87". Although rust has obscured
what was once there, there likely would be no regimental designation,
as such things were uncommon at that time (beware
swords marked to specific regiments). So, all we can be sure
of, that it was weapon / trooper number 87 (virtually impossible
for us to photo, sorry).
The 33 1/2 inch blade is in sound condition, though with battle
damage as previously stated. The spear point is interesting, as
it is much more / better formed than most. The blade is firm in
the hilt. The steel hilt is well pitted all over but is still sound
and strong. The disc guard is complete and the langets still present,
which show the sword was not used after Waterloo, as the discs were
cut down one side to prevent fraying a trooper's tunic, and the
langets were removed to stop the sword from catching when sheathing
or drawing. You can see the sword was worn in active service because
the disc guard is worn and slightly bent down one side, where it
has rubbed and rubbed against a trooper.
The blackened ribbed wood grip has a little of the original leather
covering present. The scabbard is well rusted and pitted; the suspension
rings maybe a later replacement, the brass solder used when making
the scabbard is showing through in places. There are dents and dings
towards the shoe / drag, which again show active use. The sword
sheathes and draws OK enough, loosely now of course. But still,
had this sword not been damaged at Waterloo and retired / decommissioned
shortly after, it would probably be in an even worse condition now,
army / government owned weapons enduring long and harsh service
lives. The rust has been oil treated and stabilized, the former
surface rust removed.
We can not guarantee this sword was in any particular battle, of
course, but the battle damage is period, and combined with all the
other points regarding this sword, we are 99% sure it was at Waterloo.
Our price of £x (too late, now sold - original sales price
divulged for small fee) is what you should expect to pay for a sword
like this that was not at Waterloo, so the probability it was is
a huge bonus. Please quote item reference I85 (1087). Further /
full sized images available upon request.