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Title Roxburghshire Light Dragoon officer's sabre
Nationality Scottish
Period c 1797-1801
Price £1500.00
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This sabre can be dated fairly precisely because the regiment was raised in 1797, while the coat of arms is the pre-1801 type. The regiment was specifically called a Yeomanry Light Dragoon regiment as against the Renfrewshire Yeomanry, where Light Dragoons were not mentioned in the title.

This is a transitional sabre, somewhere between the 1788 pattern (viz the shape of the blade) and the 1796 pattern (viz the shape of the hilt). The blade is maker marked 'WOOLLEY & Co', a Birmingham sword cutler. On one side there are the initials GR, while on the other are the initials RLD under a crown with thistles in between.

It would appear to have its original leather grip binding, with a single strand silver twisted wire service and a slot on the outside of the guard for the sword knot, an unusual feature rarely found on British swords of this era. The hilt and scabbard are lightly patinated throughout, but the grip does not appear to have been dismantled. The hanging rings have been replaced and there is an old hole in the base of the scabbard which has been filled with plastic metal. The blade (just over 33") is double-edged for nearly 11" at the point and is in good condition throughout. However, here are no traces of blued and gilt finish, so it is just possible that this was a plain etched blade in the first place. There is a nice vignette of a seated Britannia holding the 1801 arms in a shield at her side.

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


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

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Package arrived safely - contents well up to expectations...very pleased indeed. Sincere thanks once again!

C H, UK, 24.02.2015

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011

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