In shortened but good condition, a 1788P British 7th Light Dragoons Troopers Sword by Woolley
Dated 1795, so likely used during the Napoleonic Peninsular War, during the famous Battle of Benavente where the 7th Light Dragoons were a vital part of the British cavalry that defeated Napoleon’s elite Chasseurs à cheval of the French Imperial Guard, and where this sword was likely damaged so as to be shortened; although a new British cavalry pattern was introduced in 1796, it is wholly improbable that this earlier pattern made the year before was retired / replaced. Matching troop and trooper / weapon number “C4” to the stirrup hilt and scabbard. The scabbard has been period shortened to match the new length of the blade; most likely retained for practice or issued to a bandsman / bugler.
The shortened 66cm period sharpened blade is etched to the maker Woolley of Birmingham, King George, and the 7th Light Dragoons. Blade firm in the hilt. Th hilt good but pitted. The grip has lost its fishskin over but appears to be the original hardwood base, is sound. The steel scabbard with pitting to match the hilt is also marked to Woolley & Co. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Hold it and imagine back in time. Such thoughts and an investment too; £1000. Please quote item reference AG60. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1493-102x19x16 (2.292).