British Waterloo 12th Royal Lancers Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, Sold
In aged and worn condition, an authentic British Waterloo 12th
Royal Lancers Cavalry Trooper's Sword / Sabre.
Marked "12 RL H 27" to the crossguard and "12 RL
C 37" to the scabbard, both were present at the Battle of Waterloo
with different troopers; the marriage reflects this sword stayed
in long arduous service with the 12th
Royal Lancers. The blade is marked to maker Gill, the scabbard
to Osborn & Gunby. This is a 100% authentic 1796 pattern British
light cavalry trooper's sword which saw action at the Battle of
Waterloo; the 12th Lancers charged the French to relieve / save
the British heavy Union Brigade. The 12th Lancers also saw earlier
extensive action against Napoleon's Imperial French Army in the
Peninsular War, so this sword has seen a lot of combat against the
The 32 1/8 inch blade has been period pointed and sharpened and
has several slight nicks to the forward cutting edge that attests
to its actions. The blade has suffered from a long service life
and time with some rust pitting; blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
/ guard worn / aged but good. The grip is well worn and has a later
repair under the pommel where the grip suffers most pressure and
such lost is very common. The scabbard has been repaired at some
stage during its service life (the lower section has been re-welded
into the lower suspension ring) but is sound. The sabre sheathes
and draws well.
Hold this sword and you will connect with the cavalry / lancer
trooper that held it at one of the world's most famous battles.
This is a great piece of history for just £? (too late, now
sold). Please quote item reference number AE85 (1016). Further /
full sized pictures available upon request.