1796P Waterloo Spear Point British Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword, sold
In good / very good condition for its age, an authentic British
1796 pattern heavy cavalry trooper's sword with spear point indicating
it was at Waterloo, with possibly a later replacement scabbard.
The sword is 100% authentic but the scabbard we believe may be
later. The sword has been reseated for whatever reason, though the
grip and hilt / guard are authentic, so maybe the blade just became
loose. The blade has a 100% correct crown inspection mark showing
the sword was accepted into British military service; fake inspection
marks do not get it right (we guarantee this one is authentic).
The scabbard has some age but not much; we do not believe this is
the original scabbard for this sword, but it does fit well save
for catching now and again (may simply need some grease).
The 34 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but with a few period
nicks to the forward cutting edge; blade firm in the hilt. No maker's
name to spine, possibly once was. Hilt a little bent here and there
but overall good. The grip has seen better days but is still good
enough. The hilt has been browned (some brown stain applied) over
the backpiece and tang point which indicates it was reseated (maybe
a good idea to remove the browning and simply brush water on over
time to age in keeping with the sword generally). The scabbard is
in very good condition; the sword sheathes and draws well except
Despite the reseating and suspected non-original (to the sword)
scabbard, this is a very respectable sword indeed and would normally
warrant a sales tag of over £2000 in this condition if it
were not for our observations. The spear pointed blade indicates
the sword was at Waterloo, and original grip allows you to hold
the same sword as once the original trooper did, which both facts
make this a very desirable item. OK, yours for £xxxx; grab
it quick. Please quote item reference M39 (1271). Further / full
sized images available upon request.