1788 PATTERN BRITISH HEAVY CAVALRY TROOPER’S SWORD

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Measuring 42 ½ inches overall, with a 35 ¾ blade that is 1 ¼ inches wide at the guard, this sword has a leather wrapped grip bound with two twisted strands of wire. The hilt is iron, with a long, ovoid pommel having a tall capstan, and extending down to form a collar or ferrule at upper end of the grip, with a ferrule at the lower end against the guard. The latter is a half-basket shape using a slotted counterguard with two side branches on the obverse joining the knucklebow at separate points near the pommel. The blade is straight, with spearpoint and using a central wide fuller with narrower fuller running above it just below the back of the blade for most of its length.

The 1788 pattern was the first “regulation” pattern for British cavalry, who used various regimental patterns before that. This is the trooper’s version of the saber for heavy cavalry, with officers using more elaborate hilts, decorated blades, etc., and light cavalry using a saber with curved blade and stirrup hilt. The condition is good. The grip shows its age, with some shrinking, cracks and losses, but still secured by its original wire and we would leave it as is. The hilt shows as a muted steel gray with some brown, but a nice surface. The blade shows shallow pitting or freckling and was cleaned at some point, showing now as a medium bright mixed with some gray stains. The point is very good. The edge shows some very small nicks and only one, a few inches down from the tip, that is noticeable.

This pattern preserves some of the elegance of the earlier 18th century British cavalry sabers, an esthetic sense lost with introduction of the Austrian-influenced 1796 heavy cavalry sword that was as ungainly looking as it was heavy to wield. No scabbard, but an attractive looking sword that is a key piece in a collection of cavalry edged weapons.  [sr][ph:L]

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