British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

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A very good example of a British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's Sword of a type carried by British mounted troops throughout the Napoleonic Wars.  This is the classic steel stirrup-hilted, light cavalry sword made famous by Major Gaspar Le Marchant of the British Army, who was the force behind its introduction in 1796.  It comprises a leather and silver twistwire grip in excellent condition (rarely encountered) and an etched, hatchet point blade.

Etching on blade includes royal coat of arms and "GR" cypher

The etching, now faded, includes the British royal coat of arms, royal "GR" cypher for King George II and scrolling foliage.  Blade in sound condition.  No scabbard but if you can find one, then you have a fine and complete British Napoleonic officer's sword.   Blade length is 32 inches (38.5 inches overall).

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