In generally good condition, a rare Waterloo era 1814 pattern British Household Cavalry Officer’s Sword and Scabbard.
If only all British heavy cavalry sword blades were like these; they would have matched the deadly thrust capabilities of the Napoleonic French Cuirassier swords. Although this pattern was known to still be used by the 2nd Life Guards for some time after the 100 Days War that saw Napoleon’s defeat, there is no reason to believe this one is post-Waterloo.
The 34 3/4 inch period sharpened blade is in good condition, some roughness to the cutting edge, firm in the grip. The ornate brass hilt with some movement and an old break to one bar is nonetheless in good condition for its age. The fishskin grip has lost its grip wire bindings and shrunk a little, but is still good. The brass scabbard is aged and a bit battered, but sound / fairly good; there is a small panel attachment which does not appear to be for damage but perhaps denotes a senior rank. The sword sheathes and draws loosely.
This is a rare and highly desirable / collectible sword that we do not believe will be in our stock for long at just £4000. Please quote item reference X41. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1290-121x18x16 (2.686).