Circa 1810-1815 British RHA Officer's Undress
Sword / Sabre, for sale
In overall good though aged and worn condition, a rare circa 1810-1815
British Royal Horse Artillery Officer's Undress Sword / Sabre.
Officers of the Royal Horse Artillery broke ranks with officers
of the Royal Artillery, the later who carried infantry pattern swords
at that time, and had both dress (fancy) and undress (field use)
cavalry sabres in the early 1800's. The type of undress sword varied
but Robson notes that RHA officer's often had shorter versions of
the 1796p light cavalry sabre as undress (field use) swords. The
remains of the maker's / retailer's tablet form engraving to the
steel scabbard is distinctly turn of 18/19 century. The rare pipe
back blade with clipped point is late Napoleonic, perhaps 1813 onwards.
Clearly, the special rare nature of this sword has not been missed
in the past as both the sabre and scabbard bear museum inventory
engraved markings / numbers, "6209-30"; unfortunately,
no, we do not know which museum this may have once graced.
The 29 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, period sharpened,
firm in the hilt. The stirrup hilt is in very good condition however,
the fishskin grip has suffered quite badly the test of time. The
steel scabbard with special pipe back blade mouthpiece is in good
condition, and the sword sheathes and draws well.
A super rare Napoleonic RHA undress sabre with pipeback blade
and clipped point for just £850? Oh come on, this has to be
the bargain of the year. Please quote reference U91. Further / full
sized images available upon request. Box 0934-101x18x16 (1.902).