In overall good condition, a rare 1796 Pattern Variant British Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword / Sabre and Scabbard, JJ Runkel Solingen
This is a 1796 pattern British light cavalry officer’s sabre courtesy of the distinctive flared point blade and stirrup hilt. However, this sword has early 1790’s side guards to the protect the officer’s hand (the big failing of the standard 1796P). There are also a series of nicks to the forward cutting edge of the blade. Which all likely tells us the original officer owner was seasoned and used this sabre in action. The grip maybe a replacement but it has age, probably period age, and may be original (many officers preferred leather grips for campaign swords).
The 32 inch JJ Runkel Solingen blade is aged, worn, with said nicks, but is in overall good condition and firm in the hilt; the etching still visible. The hilt / guard is aged but very good. The leather grip has wear and tear but is sound; the grip wire a little wayward in places but complete. The steel scabbard is quite heavy for an officer’s sword, indicating a field service scabbard. The scabbard also has the older / ore traditional lyre chape / drag, again indicating a more seasoned officer and probably bang on 1796 when these swords / sabres were first produced. The scabbard throat piece is missing. The sword sheathes and draws well enough, but loosely, so the inner wooden slat liners have likely gone.
You are unlikely to be able to buy another of these. Probably well under priced at (was) £1000, now £800 . Please quote item reference AF97. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1308-121x21x21 (2.826).