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1796 Pattern British Light Cavalry Officer's Sword, for sale

A 1796 Pattern British Light Cavalry Officer's Campaign Sword, Napoleonic Wars / Waterloo era.

1796 Pattern British Light Cavalry Officer's Campaign Sword

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This is not maker marked, but the grip ears are typical of a cutler called "Brunn" who used to hilt J J Runkel made blades.

The 32 1/4 inch blade has the remnants of etching, is period sharpened, firm in the hilt, and has a wobble / bend near the point end, possibly period battle damage. The grip has a lot of wear, which tends to indicate this sabre saw an active service life, though most of the leather is till present, it has gone under the pommel, which is a sure sign of heavy use, as this is the section most vulnerable to damage from a hot sweaty hand over time. The steel scabbard too looks like it has been through the wars, though is sound. The sword sheathes and draws tightly, most likely due to the wobble in the tip end of the blade.

If only swords could talk! An evocative investment for just £750. Please quote item reference P25. Further / full sized photos available upon request. Box 0220-1.18 (2.469).

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