1796P British Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre
/ Sword, Thos Craven, Sold
In good overall condition, a Thomas Craven of Birmingham made
1796 pattern British light cavalry trooper's sabre and scabbard.
Marked on the spine "Thos Craven", the sword was probably
made from 1799 to 1802 as after that date Craven was in partnership
until 1818, and although he reverted to his name only again in 1818,
given the glut of weapons during peacetime after the defeat of Napoleon
in 1815, it is highly unlikely to have been made then (not least
its aged condition and the fact it has period battle nicks to the
cutting edge) The British crown over 11 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 the nicks to the cutting edge, 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).
A guaranteed 100% authentic Napoleonic Wars 1796 pattern British
light cavalry trooper's sabre, NOT one of the many aged replicas
that have recently flooded the market.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition except for aforesaid
nicks. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt has patina throughout.
The grip has lost most of its leather cover through wear and age,
but the wooden base which now shows still looks the part. The scabbard
has an equal extent of patina and has lost one of its suspension
rings. The sword sheathes and draws quite well.
A lovely example for only £xxx (too late, now sold - original
sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference
number O57 (1369). Further / full sized images upon request.