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Original British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Saber

The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre is a sword that was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and King's German Legion light cavalry during the Napoleonic Wars. It was adopted by the Prussians (as the 1811 pattern or "Blücher sabre") and used by Portuguese and Spanish cavalry as well. The blade profile is similar to some examples of the Indian tulwar and its added weight towards the tip made it so effective a slashing weapon that it was used into the 20th century. It features a 32-3/4” blade with fullers to 8” of the tip, iron cross guard with quillion and stirrup shaped knuckle guard and leather covered ridged grip. It is a pleasing mix of gray patinas with scattered oxidation spotting and a few small patches of light pitting while the grip and guard are completely sound and the grip retains about 25% of it leather covering. The edge seems to be original and has a half dozen nicks of various sizes. The scabbard is in similar surface condition and has only two shallow dents and the mouth and spring is securely in place held by what seem to be original screws. A really nice condition sword that was so effective that some protested its use in war. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 18th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-16-19A--19-06-05