1796P Napoleonic British Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sabre / Sword, sold
In aged and embattled condition, a 1796 pattern Napoleonic British
Light Cavalry Trooper's Sabre / Sword.
With a crown over 2 inspection / view mark to the blade, this sword
was bought for a regular (not reserve / yeomanry) cavalry regiment.
The feint remains of the matter's name to the blade's spine appears
to be Woolley. The blade has several period nicks to the cutting
edge (the nicks are patinated and do not have burred edges); undoubtedly
this sabre saw active (combat) service use.
The period sharpened 32 3/4 inch blade is in good overall condition
but with patina, wear and nicks. Blade firm in the hilt. The stirrup
hilt in good order though aged. The original leather ribbed grip
is good for its age, a real positive. The steel scabbard has pitting
and the chape / drag is damaged, the later a sure sign of an arduous
active service life. The sabre sheathes and draws well enough.
We wonder which battles this sword took part in, Waterloo perhaps.
Anyway, a great buy at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote
item reference number W28 (1150). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.