In good condition, an authentic 1796P Napoleonic / Waterloo era British Heavy Cavalry Trooper’s Sword.
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This sword has been zealously “cleaned”, probably to remove rust pitting. Consequently, there are no clear marking, just an “H” barely visible to the blade spine, and possibly some remnant markings to the knucklebow. But the age of the sword is clear from the grip area and inside hilt / guard. The blade has been spear pointed, which indicates it was at Waterloo. The circle guard has been period reduced one side, as was done, to prevent tunic fraying and make holding / using the sword more manageable. The two langets have been removed, as was also done, to prevent the sword sticking in the scabbard / getting blocked from being fully sheathed. The scabbard may be a replacement but we believe, if so, it is period as it does not have the same exact facets as modern (reproduction) scabbards known to us; again, no markings to be found.
The blade having been spear pointed is just over 33 inches long. Blade firm in the hilt and grip. The hilt / guard with aforementioned period adaptations has clear age on the inside where it has not been “cleaned” so vigorously. The original wood grip is good / sound but with a few worm holes, a crack from drying out, only a few remnants of the leather remain to the sides, again attesting to its age. The scabbard is good but has a few dings. The sword sheathes and draws well enough if loosely.
Please note: we guarantee this is an authentic Napoleonic period sword.
These swords are getting harder and harder, more and more expensive to source; once collectors have one, they rarely let them go. We can not guarantee this sword was at Waterloo, but it likely was. A genuine piece of British / Napoleonic history for just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AF86. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1267-121x19x16 (2.702).