In very good overall condition, a 1796P Napoleonic Wars British Light Cavalry Trooper’s Sabre
Made by perhaps the top maker of the time, Gill of Birmingham England. This 1796 model saber / sword has been period chemically browned by Gills. In very good if not exceptional condition overall, the grip has age suffered since it was made over 200 years ago; this can be strengthened / refurbished (one customer swears by low cost Liquid Electrical Tape which he claims is a perfect colour match). There are no regimental markings but the blade does have a crown over 11 British view (acceptance) mark, so it was sold by Gills to the British army. Given the overall great condition, we would say it remained in army stores.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition and is firm in the hilt. The period chemically browned stirrup hilt in very good condition, some light rust spots; nothing major. The leather on wood grip has seen the leather dry and age. The browned scabbard in very good condition; one throat screw missing. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Lovely example of this iconic feared saber. Well worth £1450. Please quote item reference number AG50. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1461-118x15x14 (2.505).