An original British Army 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword. This is the type of sword that was carried throughout the Napoleonic Wars by British light cavalry troopers and featured in just about all the major campaigns and battles of the period, including the Peninsular Wars and the Battle of Waterloo. It comprises a steel stirrup hilt and wood and leather grip - all original leather wrapping still remains. The blade is wide and of typical hatchet point form that swells towards the point. It would have been a most effective slashing and cutting weapon and devastating in the charge. Blade is maker marked to Gill of London on the spine. It was the brainchild of Major Gaspard Le Marchant, a British cavalry officer who copied the swords being carried by Austrian hussars of the period. This example is in good condition for its age with some appropriate age wear to the hilt - blade in very good condition. Both hilt and blade are rock solid - no movement whatsoever. A great addition to any British Napoleonic sword collection. Blade length is 32 inches (36 inches overall).
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