British Royal Horse Artillery Special 1796P
Sabre / Sword, Sold
In good condition, a super rare early version of the 1796 special
pattern sword / sabre for the RHA.
This is such a rare sword. A Napoleonic British Royal Horse Artillery
special pattern sword / sabre; basically a cross between a 1796P
heavy cavalry sword hilt and 1796P light cavalry sabre blade. You
can tell this is one of the earliest versions (not a post Waterloo
version) by the lack of suspension loops to the scabbard; this sword
was worn / suspended solely by the single button. This sabre has
seen use; the disc hilt has been cut back (the round full disc made
the sword uncomfortable to wear and frayed tunics) and the langets
removed (these tended to snag on the scabbard). The blade also have
been broken at some stage but has been period reforged to prolong
its active life (only the experienced eye would notice this unless
pointed out). There are no maker or other marks remaining to the
sabre; it has been cleaned too much over the years. But there are
the remnants of something on the scabbard above the suspension frog
The 29 1/2 inch plain blade is in good condition, some pitting
/ patina spots, a very well done period reforge / mend to the blade,
Blade firm in the hilt. The modified hilt with plenty of patina
but good. The original grip worn but sound, a couple of worm holes
(no extra charge). The specially made original steel scabbard is
in good condition; again some patina and signs of wear / use. The
sabre sheathes and draws well.
Just try and buy one anywhere else at any price; these sabres are
one of the rarest British patterns you will ever find, especially
earlier / Napoleonic variants with the suspension frog button like
this one. Buy it now for £? (too late, now sold) or likely
never get the chance to buy another one again; it is that rare.
Please quote item reference M64 (1258). Further / full sized images
available upon request.