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Title 1788 pattern Light Cavalry officer's sabre
Nationality British
Period c 1790
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This splendid sabre, with much of its original lead polish finish to the blade and most of its original campaign blacking to the scabbard, was formally introduced in 1788, but in all probability had actually seen service from the early 1770s. This particular hilt is a direct copy of the 1768 pattern Austrian trooper's type.

The blacking was put on for the 1793/4 campaign in Flanders and this particular scabbard evinces signs of being worn on a buff cross belt, shown inasmuch as the blacking only starts about 8 inches below the scabbard throat. It has the original leather panel and wooden slides. However, the grip was badly wormed and has been replaced with a modern leather binding, all of which has been done in the traditional manner. The reverse langet has also been replaced and my restorer forgot to rivet the hilt through the ears! However, I think all will agree that he has done a splendid job.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 18th Century]


I got the helmet yesterday. It's a great piece.

L L, USA, 21.04.2009

[It] got in [arrived]! It's a fine piece.

G V, Belgium, 11.08.2008