British Heavy Cavalry 1796 Sword
This 1796 sword shows 34 1/2" spear point blade showing a crown over 4 inspection mark and contractors name Hadley. The grip mneasures 4 3/4, sound wood grips but devoid of leather and wire. The blade rates as bright excellent with clear markings as some usage cuts. Both langets remain in place. The hilt shows the inner guard cut for the protection of the user and his uniform. The sword rides in its wrought iron scabbard (A perfect fit). The scabbard is marked to the noted sword makers Osborn & Gunby Birmingham. Ref see pages 19-22 "Swords of the British Army. Rev Edition" by Brian Robson. See also "British Cavalry Swords" by Dellar, chapter 6. See also chapter 10 on the Osborn & Gunby. This example appears to be an early 1796 sword that was updated during its period of significant usage including Waterloo. Sound excellent example.