An iconic Napoleonic Wars period 1796 Light Cavalry trooper’s sabre made by the famous 18th Century London gun maker, Durs Egg. Egg was awarded a Board of ordnance contract to supply 212 sabres in 1797. Egg’s 1796 light cavalry trooper’s sabres are amongst the rarest of the pattern, the vast majority of these swords having been produced by the Birmingham makers.
The 825mm curved blade has a flat spine and wide, shallow fuller and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade has been service sharpened. The blade is in excellent condition with only a few small spots of tarnish. The forte of the blade bears a Tower inspectors stamp of a crown over the number 1. The spine is stamped with the maker’s name, D. EGG and two capital letters B, indicating the sabres point of balance.
The stirrup hilt is in excellent condition and remains bright with minimal tarnish. The cord wrapped wooden grip retains its leather with small losses and use-related wear. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sabre is complete with its plated iron scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in overall excellent condition with minimal tarnish and a small hole above the shoe. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.
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