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Title 1796 pattern Light Cavalry officer's sabre
Nationality British
Period c 1826
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Regimentally marked on the blade 'SNY' for S. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry, which was raised in 1826. 'The Royal Militia and Yeomanry Cavalry Army List' of 1850 lists one William Wright as the SNY surgeon as of 13/7/1826. Almost certainly this sword belonged to him, viz the coiled serpent emblem of medicos back to medieval times.

'The regiment served in aid of the civil power during the riots at Nottingham in 1831; assembled and remained on duy in aid of the Civil Power in 1839, and in April 1848' (source: list as above).

This is a fine example, with blue and gold blade marked at the forte Osborn & Gunby, close-plate silver finish to scabbard and mounts, original George IV period sword knot (this was a gold lace regiment). The blue and gold is somewhere between 85-90% original finish. There is some damage to the back of the scabbard (see photos), possibly due to the nature of close-plate aging or a period repair.

NB: This is the second pattern of this officer's sword, introduced c 1816 and carried principally by Lancer regiments well into the 1830s, as period costume prints show.

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

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


Arrived safely in the last hour. Well pleased, thanks for additional info.

J A, UK, 11.04.2013

?20 postage is fine, can't wait for the sword to arrive. The last sword I purchased from you was in really nice condition.

S W, UK, 04.07.2005