In good aged condition, a rare Trafalgar era British Royal Naval Officer’s Fighting Sabre
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Based on the 1796 pattern British light cavalry sabre, infamous with the French for its ability to slice an enemy combatant like ham off the bone, this rare Battle of Trafalgar era RN officer’s sabre is a little bit shorter in length and less flared blade wise towards the point (and with a fuller to lighten the sword for non-cavalry use) than the cavalry 1796P (for more confined deck fighting) and clearly for fighting, not for dress. This is a rare British naval sword; an expensive purchase for the officer that once owned and held it, and probably fought with it as there are period nicks to the cutting edge.
The 27 1/2 inch blade is in aged but good condition with said nicks and a steady patina, a little loose in the grip. The brass hilt / guard in aged with some bending but in generally good order; fouled anchors of course to the langets. The black fishskin grip for a junior (2nd lieutenant) officer is aged with some shrinkage but good; the associated twisted grip wire bindings also good. There is no scabbard.
Rare! True naval fighting sabre! Trafalgar era! Just was £? (too late, now sold)! Please quote item reference AH18. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1661-90x15x14 (1.199).