In good overall condition, a 1796 Pattern Waterloo Era British Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword and Scabbard.
The sword has been zealously cleaned to probably remove light pitting, but there is no evidence of etching, so this appears to be an officer’s campaign sword. With original hatchet point (officers were not required to spear point their private purchase swords), there are a few old / period (no burr, patina to the in cut) small nicks to the cutting edge, this sword likely saw action. There is no maker’s mark evident but the spine of the blade has been rigorously “cleaned” and there appears to be the remains of some maker’s inscription there, quite cursive, so probably JJ Runkel.
The 35 inch blade is in good order and firm in the hilt. The steel “ladder” / “honeysuckle” hilt has suffered age / pitting which has been more recently rigorously cleaned is in sound condition. The original leather grip has age and some wear but is good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. Steel scabbard in good order. The sword sheathes and draws well if a little loosely.
These highly prized collectors’ items don’t come cheap, but this one is priced below the market average for one in this condition. Yours for (was) £3000, now £2400 . Please quote item reference AF84. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1259-121x19x16 (3.041).