1796P British Light Cavalry Officer's Blue
and Gilt Sabre / Sword, Sold
A circa 1803 made British 1796 Pattern / Model light cavalry officer's
blue and gilt etched sabre / sword and scabbard, in quite good condition
and signs it was used in combat against Napoleon's French army.
Marked to Underhill & Cooper who were sword cutlers only in
1803 according to "Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland
(Bezdek)". The blade's cutting edge has been field sharpened
and there are several period nicks to that same cutting edge; it
is unlikely this was done post Waterloo, so the sword almost certainly
was used against the French in the early 19C, perhaps even at Waterloo.
The 30 3/4 inch blade is slightly shorter than normal, but it has
not been shortened; the length clearly being the preference of the
original officer owner (these sabres were used at close quarters
to cut like a knife on flesh, so length was not so much as an issue
with a thrusting heavy cavalry sword). Quite a bit of blue and gilt
etching remains. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt is good
and solid, the original leather grip complete but in aged condition.
The officer weight steel scabbard is in quite good condition, the
small mouthpiece is missing, the suspension rings missing and the
internal wooden slat liners are loose, so the sword sheathes and
draws a bit loosely.
Overall a very respectable sword and well under-priced at only
£xxx is very good indeed, especially as there is every good
reason to believe this sword saw effective use against the French.
Please quote item reference K49 (1173). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.