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Title Heavy Cavalry officer's dress sword, 1796 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1800
Price £500.00
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This is an Austrian pattern, which was adopted by the British army in 1796 as a dress sword for Heavy Cavalry general officers and militia units. It would have been used throughout the Peninsula War and at Waterloo and beyond until about 1820 or so.

This is a plain double-edged (with a single fuller of just over 10") blade (31.5" long) with minor scattered surface rust throughout, the bulk of which has been cleaned off. The wiring on the hilt has been replaced for the top 8 mm with what would appear to be fuse wire, as the copper is showing through the silver finish. The rest of the wiring is contemporary period silver service. All the gilding on the hilt has gone, but it does not appear to have been taken out for cleaning at any stage. The scabbard has had the bottom bracelet replaced, no doubt when the scabbard may have been broken through rough treatment at some stage, perhaps in the field. Contrary to normal practice, the scabbard rings are solid rather than split rings. This may indicate replacement elements. The scabbard throat is in copper, another slightly unusual feature. The scabbard has been extensively sanded to remove rust or whatever. However, having said all this, it is an honest if rather battered sword.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 19th Century]


I have now collected from depot and am very satisfied with the bayonet. Many thanks once again for your excellent service.

S H, UK, 04.02.2012

Just to tell you that the bayo arrived today and I'm very pleased with it.

C A, Netherlands, 06.11.2006