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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]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

The sword [knot] arrived today, very pleased with it. Your service is very quick and you are always a pleasure to buy from.

M H, UK, 20.01.2011