An unidentified officer’s cavalry sword, late 18th or early 19th century


The strongly curved sword has an overall length of 34 ins. The 27 ins blade has a single broad fuller to about an inch of the spear point. It is stamped near the forte beneath a crown and there is no evidence of any other marks, suggesting that the blade is from a British 1796 pattern cavalry sword. Although the sword fits the scabbard in length it appears to be a marriage with the hilt. The hilt, with some gilding to the brass mounts, has a checkered wooden grip [a few chips but basically sound]. The lion mask and decorative chain guard suggest a French origin. The screw holding the hilt in place looks much later but I have not tried to remove it. The one surviving inner wooden guard is boldly stamped I 23. I have owned this sword for a decade or so but have decided it should move on to someone with greater knowledge.    oct5/5

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