~ 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officer's Sword ~
This is a well preserved officers piece which has been properly cleaned to prevent the rust taking over.
The nicely decorated basket is made of chromed steel. The grip is made brown leather dressed and cooper wired carved wood with a chromed steel spine.
The piece has no scabbard.
The pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword was the sword used by the British heavy cavalry (Lifeguards, Royal Horse Guards, Dragoon Guards and Dragoons), and King's German Legion Dragoons, through most of the period of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It played an especially notable role, in the hands of British cavalrymen, at the battles of Salamanca and Waterloo.
Officers carried a service sword, also termed an "undress sword", with a blade of identical general form to that of the trooper's pattern. However, many officers' blades bore etched, or blued and gilt, decoration. The guard, in contrast, was entirely different from the trooper's pattern, being of bowl form, and incorporating an elaborate pierced honeysuckle design with a prominent rear quillon. This hilt form is often referred to as a 'ladder hilt.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade is 34 inches (86,5 inches long) and the overall length of the piece is 40 inches (101.5 cm).
It weighs 1 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade remains in excellent condition with a nice patina.
The basket preserved its chrome well but developed some age pitting on the interior.
The grip is excellent.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £24, international at cost and it can be viewed in our shop.
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