1796 Pattern British Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sword / Sabre, Sold
In aged but good overall condition, a 1796 Pattern British Light
Cavalry Trooper's Sword / Sabre by Woolley.
Marked "Woolley & Co Birmingham" to the scabbard,
so this is one of the first 1796P light cavalry sabres as Woolley
went into partnership with Deakin in 1798 (so this sword was made
1796 to 1798). With a crown inspection / view mark to the blade,
this sabre was issued to a regular (not reserve) cavalry regiment
trooper. The cutting edge has period nicks, so this sword most likely
saw action in the Peninsular and / or 100 Days War (Waterloo).
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition save for the nicks and
age staining, and is firm in the hilt. The stirrup hilt with inert
rust pitting but is sound. The grip has around 60% of its original
leather remaining; grip aged but sound overall. The steel scabbard
has inert rust pitting and a steady patina throughout, but is sound.
The sword sheathes and draws a little loosely.
If only it could recount its past! An evocative investment, yours
for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R64