1796 Patt. British Light Cavalry Trooper’s
Overall good condition, 100% authentic British P 1796 Light Cavalry
Trooper's Sabre by Gill, with scabbard. I guarantee this is an authentic
antique sabre by Gill; be careful, most on the market are reproductions,
often fraudulently aged.
So few authentic Gill and other maker 1796 P light cavalry trooper
sabres in good condition come onto the market these days, so grab
this one will you can. Keep a record of the maker's mark "Gill"
to the blade's spine below as the forgers (of reproduction sabres)
have not got this right (badly aligned, different font). This sabre
also has the two bend test lines to / further along the spine of
the blade. Be assured, this is 100% authentic, guaranteed.
The 32.5 inch blade is in very good order, though over cleaned
through the years (the remains of a crown inspection mark appears
to still show). The blade was once sharpened and there are tell
tale nicks to the forward cutting edge near the flared point section
which more then imply this sabre saw action against Napoleon's finest.
Regrettably sword markings by the British at this time were not
regulated and it is often difficult to tell by what remains.
There is a trooper number "29" market to one of the langets
and the remains I believe of markings to the scabbard and cross
guard. The blade is firm in the hilt. The leather grip cover has
decayed in a small number of places. Half of the scabbard's mouthpiece
insert is missing. The original internal wooden scabbard liners
which held the blade firmly in place have clearly fully or partly
gone. But, the sabre is in very good order given its age, likely
active and long service life.
These are becoming increasingly rare as collectors simply do not
let go of them, even if they buy more. As such I expect my price
of £750 to represent a very good investment. Item reference
187 (4). Further / full sized photos available upon request.