~ German Prussian 1796/1811 Pattern Other Ranks Light Dragoon Sabre ~
The 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre was a sword that was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars, and King's German Legion light cavalry during the Napoleonic Wars. It was adopted by the Prussians (as the 1811 pattern or "Blücher sabre") and used by Portuguese and Spanish cavalry.
This one is most probably a German piece.
The blade is marked on the forte ‘… Solingen’. The remaining characters have worn away.
The cross guard is stamped ‘A34’.
The sword comes with its steel scabbard which is marked ‘A34' on the left side.
The grip is made of black ebonised wood.
~ Dimensions ~
The blades length is 32.5 inches (82.5 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 37.5 inches (95.3 cm).
The overall length of the sword and scabbard is 38.5 inches (97.7 cm).
It weighs 1.80 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade has some fair amount of pitting and small nicks on the edge.
The metal fittings and the scabbard have some amount of pitting as well.
The wooden grip is crack free. One of the metal spurs over it has had a period repair.
The suspension rings of the scabbard are both present.
The scabbard has a large filled hole on one side 5 inches from the tip.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the sword can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.