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Title 1788 pattern Light Cavalry sword
Nationality British
Period c 1780
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This classic sword, in use with the English Light Cavalry from the early 1770s, was the immediate precursor of the 1796 pattern Light Cavalry sabre of the Peninsula war and Waterloo period. The excellent blade has nice, crisp engraving, with the name 'R. [Runkel?] Sohlingen' on the back at the forte.

The scabbard mounts and hilt have been carefullly hand cleaned. The leather panels are of very dark red Morocco leather - both the leather and wooden interior have been very skilfully replaced. There is a certain amount of corrosion commensurate with its age. There were old traces of black paint, but not sufficient to justify maintaining or extending this finish - the bulk of these swords were blacked up for campaign service. The leather grip is 100% original and shows only marginal wear and tear, viz some of the rope work is visible under the leather. The top mount is secured as a friction fit and is not pinned in to the body of the scabbard, as it would have been originally.

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

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


Package arrived 12.30 today safe and sound. Honest piece as you described so all good.

C W, UK, 07.10.2014

Holster arrived on Saturday. Fantastic service, thanks a lot.

L P, UK, 26.05.2008