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This British 1796 light cavalry officer's fighting sword is mounted with a 83 cm massive blade that retains much of its gilded engraved decorations - the figure of of Britannia, the British Royal Coat of Arms, military and floral displays, as well as the name of the maker - Cooper & Banks, Birmingham. Blade shows uniform patina, and was period sharpened for battle. Scabbard is very interesting because it has several nicks and gashes on the outer edge, and was used by the officer to parry the enemy's sword blows. Scabbard throat piece is long gone. The shark-skin covered grip is tight, with no play. A very good, honest Napoleonic sword!