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Title 1796 Light Cavalry sabre
Nationality British
Period c 1796-1801
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These swords were carried in the Peninsula and at Waterloo by the Light Cavalry and horse artillery of both the regular army and the King's German Legion, and also by the yeomanry at home. This early variant (viz no ears on the grip) is an officer's example (viz the silver wrap grip and split rings on the scabbard).

The sword was retailed by Durs Egg, Haymarket, London (engraved in a circle on the back of the scabbard), who was one of the most important gun makers of the period; in fact, he was gun maker to the Prince Regent, and swords were a sideline. The blade is marked J.J. Runkel, Solingen, on the spine of the blade at the forte.

The blade is 32.25 inches long and is engraved with the royal cypher and the pre-1801 coat of arms. The original gilding is retained within the engraving, but the blueing has been totally renewed with a modern gun blue preparation, hence the rather strange colour. (The blueing could be removed, using Solvo Autosol or some such carborundum compound, but the risk is that some of the gilding would be lost in the process, so perhaps best left.)

The hilt and scabbard have a dark patination with some evidence of old pitting throughout the scabbard, which is otherwise in good shape. The grip would appear to have all its original leatherwork and wiring.

The price reflects the condition of the sword, in particular the blueing. One of these in really good shape would fetch some 3,000.

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

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


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

We just got the hat! Looks great so many thanks ... very pleased with the hat.

P D, USA, 24.03.2011