A fine example of a British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with blue and gilt blade. This sword is in very good condition and comprises a steel stirrup hilt with all original leather wrap to the grip and bound with silver and copper twistwire. The blade retains much of its original blue and gilt decoration that includes royal coat of arms, GR (George III) royal cypher, stands of arms and foliage. What makes this sword particularly interesting is that the blade has been service sharpened for field use - it has taken away some of the decoration but does show that the sword was most likely used in combat during the Napoleonic period. The blade is in very good condition and there is no pitting or wear - still bright towards the end of the blade. The sword comes complete with its original steel and leather scabbard. Both hilt and blade are rock solid with no movement or looseness. Blade length is 36.25 inches (42.5 inches overall). A great addition to any collection of British Napoleonic swords.
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