In aged condition, a clipped point 1796P heavy cavalry sword of the British 2nd Dragoon Guards.
This sword has seen action and has battle damage, so it was active during the Napoleonic Peninsular War that was the forerunner to the 100 Days War (Waterloo). This sword is marked to the guard “2 DG No 51” (sword 51 of the 2nd Dragoon Guards / Queen’s Bays). It has its original hatchet point which almost certainly means it was decommissioned out of service as a result of battle damage during the Peninsular War, as most if not all 1796P’s were converted to spear point during or shortly after the 100 Days War. There are the remains of a maker’s name on the blade’s spine and what is certain to be a crown view mark to the blade, but these are very well worn and further disguised by the pitting. But the “2 DG No 51” regimental markings to the guard are clear enough.
The 35 inch hatchet point blade is sound but pitted and with a steady patina, though still firm in the hilt. The langets have been period removed as these would often snag the blade when drawing / sheathing. The disc guard has sustained some serious battle damage and has a period repair. The leather over wood grip is in aged condition as the photos show.
Rare hatchet point 1796P that has seen action against Napoleon’s forces. (was) £1000, now £800 . Please quote item reference Y03. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1386-123x15x14 (2.323).