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BRITISH 1796 LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICERS SWORD BY REDDELL & BATE
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This Napoleonic British 1796 Pattern light cavalry officer's fighting sword was made by the known Birmingham cutlers Reddell & Bate, and is so marked on the reverse side of the massive 32"/83 cm long blade. The obverse side features an ovoid cartouche proclaiming that the blade was Warranted against failure. It has proven to be true, since the blade is of superb quality steel, and retains much of its original shine, with no nicks or rust. The iron hilt retains much of its original blued surface, and could stand some light cleaning. At the pommel end of the grip a chip of wood broke off, which is an occurrence seen on early hilts of this pattern. The leather on the grip is dry. Silver wire grip wrap is in fine condition, with no losses. The iron scabbard has acquired a superb dark patina. The front of the scabbard has a name engraved at the throat end, perhaps an officer's name, which I cannot decipher.



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