British / English M1796 Cavalry Sword Saber With Scabbard By Dawes Of Birmingham For Sale
The item up for offer is the second of several British swords I will be listing this week. This British light cavalry saber, 1796 pattern, with steel scabbard. Curved steel blade marked “DAWES BIRMh” as well with a crown over the numeral 11. This well-known pattern of cavalry sword replaced the 1788 Light Dragoon sword and was used throughout the Napoleonic wars by British light cavalry. The same pattern was carried by both officers and troopers, although the officers often had blue and gilt decoration. The sword was designed by Major-General John Le Marchant, the famous cavalry leader, innovator and founder of the Royal Military Academy now based at Sandhurst. Henry Osborn of Bordesley in Birmingham was commissioned to make the sword according to Le Marchant’s design and it was approved by the Duke of York. The sword is 37.5 inches overall in length and the blade is 32.5 inches. Thestirrup style hilt is wooden, covered in black leather but missing the wire wrap.Buyer has a 14 day inspection and return privilege if returned in the same condition as sent.
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