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A very rare sabre
British 1796 light cavalry
Indian wootz steel blade
Very rare hilt type
Custom officers sword

A very rare sabre British 1796 light cavalry Indian wootz steel blade Very rare hilt type Custom officers sword www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very good and rare English sabre, 1796 pattern Officers sword.

This sabre measures just under 83cms from tip to tip when sheathed.
Out of the scabbard it is 80cms long with a blade length of 69cms.
The hilt type is of a very rare but known form. The grip and pommel are of typical 1796 light cavalry sabre form but the thick square knuckle guard and the unusual langets that appear to be a crown with feathers make this a most unusual and striking example. There is evidence of silver wire present within the grooved timber grip.
The blade is made of a good wootz steel with clear contrasting patterns, likely the personal choice of an officer stationed in India in the very early 1800s or perhaps a prized blade remounted in England by a specialist sword maker.
The scabbard is a perfect fit and is complete and in fine condition.

A very rare and unusual example of a 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre.

A similar example is seen in the 1980 arms and armour review. The blade was not presented in the images but was described to be that of a Turkish Kilij. The hilt was identical with the exception of silver rosettes on the grip.
This points more to a high end retailer of these swords who fitted eastern blades from English campaigns.

A very striking and rare sword worthy of further research.