An interesting Napoleonic Wars British Pattern 1796 heavy cavalry trooper's sword which is maker and regimentally marked. Back of the blade is stamped by T. CRAVEN, a known Birmingham contract maker to the King's Army. Thomas Craven was active under that designation ca.1798-1803, which dates this sword to that time frame. The knuckle guard is regimentally marked
Blade has a faint inspector's mark at the forte. Blade was period-modified from hatchet to spear point, and looks identical to another Thomas Craven heavy cavalry sword blade in Richard Dellar's book. Blade is in good shape, with a nice patina. Small chip of wood missing from under the pommel. Inner part of the disk guard period-trimmed, another known feature on some of the surviving examples. Heavy pitting on the scabbard, with the shoe portion most affected. This veteran may have seen action at Salamanca, Corunna and Waterloo.