In good overall condition, a 1788 Pattern British Light Cavalry Sabre / Sword by Woolley & Co.
Woolley traded as “Woolley & Co” from 1790, so this sword likely dates from then until 1796 when the pattern was replaced by the 1796P.
The 32 1/8 inch period sharpened blade is in very good condition, a couple of very small nicks to the forward cutting edge. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt in very good order for its age. The fishskin grip has suffered the test of time and has losses; it may be possible to replace the entire fishskin. The heavy steel scabbard in very good condition for its age. The sword sheathes and draws very well. There are no markings besides the maker’s name, so likely a regimental purchase (not Board of Ordnance / War Department) for a sergeant (given the grip is fishskin, not leather).
A highly impressive and well made sabre, scarce too. A great piece of history for just £1000. Please quote item reference u94. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box