1796P Hatchet Point British Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, Sold
In quite good condition for its age and service life, a rare 1796P
hatchet point British heavy cavalry trooper's sword, made by Osborn.
Almost certainly was at the Battle of Waterloo.
Hatchet point = unmodified (not converted to spear point) = rare.
However, this hatchet point has been modified; the top line of the
point end has been period formed to a cutting edge (we have seen
this on Waterloo provenance swords before). Basically, british heavy
cavalry regiments were order to convert their hatchet points to
spear point, but many did not or they modified the point by creating
an upper cutting edge. It is this upper cutting edge on this sword
that says this sword was almost certainly at Waterloo as this particular
point modification does not appear to have happened otherwise.
The guard / knucklebow has the remains of troop and weapon / trooper
numbers; these appear to be G over 73, and also B aside 77. Although
rust has obscured what was once there, there likely would be no
regimental designation, as such things were uncommon at that time
(beware swords marked to specific
regiments). So, all we can be sure of, that it was once weapon
/ trooper number 73 of troop G, and later weapon 77 of troop B.
These markings confirm the sword was issued to a heavy cavalry regiment.
The tip indicates the sword was at Waterloo. The nicks, etc. to
the cutting edge indicate this sword was physically used in that
The 34 5/8 inch blade is in sound condition, though with odd almost
camouflage style staining. The sword was kept in a shed and it is
clear both paint and chemicals have fallen onto and even pooled
on it. The effect is not unpleasant and could be removed by sanding
the blade down, but that is up to the buyer; we like patina. There
is a little movement in the hilt, but not much. The leather cover
for the grip has long gone but the wood base is original and now
has a couple of worm holes.
OK, not the best ever 1796P preservation wise, but these are so,
so rare and our price of £? (too late, now sold) is a bargain.
Please quote item reference AB39 (0085). Further / full sized images
available upon request.