A fantastic example of the iconic Napoleonic Wars, British 1796 pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sabre made by one of the Georgian period’s best sword makers, Thomas Gill of Birmingham.
The 824mm curved blade has a flat spine and wide, shallow fuller and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade has a beautifully blued panel and is engraved with a lion’s head surrounded by scrolling floral work, the crowned Royal cypher of George III, a cavalryman on horseback and the bannered makers’ mark engraved with the legend “Gill’s Warranted” above a flower head with columned and scalloped borders. The obverse blued panel is engraved with scrolling floral work, nicely detailed trophies of arms and the standing figure of Britannia with spear and Union Jack shield above a framed flower head.
The blade is in fantastic condition and retains the majority of its blueing. The sabre has a period edge.
The faceted P guard and back strap are in great condition with some mild age related tarnish. The grip sports a nicely turned collar. The contoured grip retains its leather wrap and the twisted silver wire is intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt
The sabre is complete with its polished steel scabbard, which is in excellent condition with only mild and minimal age related tarnish and a couple of minor dents. The second suspension ring band has damage and the ring is missing. The sword sheaths and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
The 1796 Light Cavalry sabre is one of the most prized British army swords and finding a genuine item in such good condition and from a top maker is very difficult.