1796 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
In good overall condition, a guaranteed authentic, scarce 1796
Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword by Dawes of Birmingham,
hatchet point, langets and disc guard intact.
Rather crudely marked "B 26" with no regimental markings
to the scabbard, it is most likely that this sword was a resupply
to a British heavy cavalry regiment, dragoons or royal dragoons,
during the Napoleonic Peninsular War of 1808 to 1814 which the British
and allies won and which saw Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte exiled (first
exile) to the Elba. This sword may well have also seen action at
Waterloo, after Napoleon escaped his first exile and regained control
of France. The blade is ever so slightly shorter at 34 15/16 inches
then the original 35 inches because the tip has been period rounded,
no doubt to later serve as a practice weapon; the blade was never
converted to spear point. There are multiple period nicks to the
cutting edge of the blade which again suggests it saw battle as,
despite being a thrust sword, the burly British cavalrymen used
them to swing around which gave them the advantage over the French.
The tip area has a little bend to it, which may have come from battle
or its probable later use as a regimental practice sword. Marked
to maker "Dawes Birmingham" on the spine with a rubbed
/worn crown over 5 "view" mark which proves this sword
was issued to a regular heavy cavalry regiment.
The 34 15/16 inch blade is in generally good condition but with
some pitting around the tip end. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
with some but minimal distortion / bending and overall good. The
original leather grip in sound condition but worn / aged. The heavy
steel scabbard overall good. The sword sheathes and draws a little
loosely, so the original internal wooden slats have gone, as they
so often are.
A great example, hatchet point and with the langets still there
/ the disc complete (most examples have the langets removed and
the disc guard cut down on the uniform side to limit clothing wear).
These are getting harder and harder to source, so a real and evocative
investment at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number AF01 (1041). Further / full sized pictures available upon