British 1821 Pipe Back Light Cavalry Sabre. Brass Hilt Variant

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This scarce quill-pointed, brass hilted sword is very similar to the regulation pattern 1821 for British Light Cavalry officers. The same pattern was adopted by the Royal Horse Artillery. This sword however has a non-regulation brass 3-bar guard. This could indicate that it was for an officer of a British Indian army regiment or a yeomanry officer.

The 898mm pipe back blade is single edged with a 250mm double-edged quill point. The slightly curved blade is in good condition with a pleasing patina and a few small patches of very shallow pitting. The blade has been service sharpened and has a few small edge nicks consistent with fighting use.

The brass three-bar guard is in good condition. The plain brass back strap, with slightly raised thumb section is finished with a stepped oval pommel and peened tang. The leather covered grip is in very good condition and the three strands of brass wire are intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.

This is a very nice example of a scarce, early 1821 quill-pointed sword with an 1821 light cavalry style brass guard.


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