Napoleonic Wars British 1796P Cavalry Trooper's
In good condition, a Napoleonic Wars British 1796P Cavalry Trooper's
Sabre made by Woolley & Deakin and with Regimental Markings.
With earlier crown over arrow read / acceptance mark to the blade,
made by Woolley and Deakin (1798 to 1805 using that name alone)
of Birmingham (so marked to the spine), the scabbard has regimental
marks "D" over "61" (D Troop, Weapon 61), which
means it was carried by a regular (front line) cavalry regiment
trooper and, courtesy of the period nicks to the cutting edge, saw
active (combat) service during the Peninsular and / or 100 Days
(Waterloo) Wars. This sabre has been used against French forces.
Given the earlier view / inspection mark, it is almost certain this
sword was made in 1798 or just after, and remained in service throughout
the Napoleonic Wars as there are no decommissing marks. Please note:
it is very unusual and often suspicious to find regimental designations
identifying the regiment on British swords of this era, as generally
you only see Troop letters and Weapon numbers.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition for its age but
with several tell-tale period nicks; blade firm in hilt. The stirrup
hilt / guard is in good condition, a steady patina. The grip is
very good for its age, some leather missing but not much, some cracking
of the wooden grip base but not too much, some worm holes but not
too many. The scabbard has some inert light rust pitting (not much)
plus a steady patina. The sabre sheathes and draws well for its
One of the best, most honest, most likely to have been at Waterloo
sabres as you will find. Grab it quick; £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference R62. Further / full sized images
available upon request.