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1796P Gills made British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre / Sword, sold

In aged but good overall condition, a Gills of Birmingham made British light cavalry trooper's sabre / sword, Waterloo era.

1796 Pattern Gills made British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre / Swordimage M30 1

Sold Item Notice

A guaranteed 100% authentic Waterloo ear British light cavalry trooper's sabre, NOT one of the many aged replicas that have recently flooded the market. Caveat: the scabbard whilst being very good is possibly a replacement. This sabre was made by Gills of Birmingham and and the correct Crown over 1 acceptance mark. The acceptance mark shows the sword was bought by the British government (Board of Ordnance) and was therefore bought for a regular cavalry regiment, not a reservist (yeomanry) regiment. With several period nicks to the cutting edge including near the hilt, it is therefore a fairly safe bet that this sabre saw action in at least one of the two British Napoleonic Wars (the Peninsular War and 100 Days War; the later culminating in the Battle of Waterloo).

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but with several nicks to the forward cutting edge and near the hilt, which the blade is firm in. The hilt is overall good with a pleasing patina. The grip is original with some wear, worm holes, missing leather patches, etc. The steel scabbard is very good and fits the sabre well, but we suspect it is a later replacement. The sabre sheathes and draws well.

A very good example for only £xxx (too late, now sold - we will divulge the original sales price for a small fee). Please quote item reference number M30 (1236). Further / full sized images upon request.

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