This 1821 pattern light cavalry trooper’s sword was made by the Birmingham firm of Woolley, Sargant & Fairfax between 1825 and 1835, during the reign of either King George IV (1820-1830) or King William IV (1830-1837).
The 860mm single-edged blade has a flat spine above a wide, three-quarter length fuller. The spine is stamped with the maker’s details, Woolley, Sargant, Fairfax.
The blade is double-edged for the final 190mm and terminates in a spear point. The blade is in very good condition with minimal use related marks and a small amount of tarnish at the ricasso. The blade has been service sharpened and retains a fighting edge.
The three-bar guard is in good condition with some very shallow pitting that can barely be felt when running one’s finger over it. The leather grip has wear consistent with age and use. The leather may have been replaced at some point in the past. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its iron scabbard with twin suspension rings and asymmetrical, lyre-shaped shoe. The scabbard is in overall good condition with a speckled patina and some shallow pitting. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great early example of an 1821 pattern light cavalry trooper’s sword made by a prestigious Birmingham based company and dateable to between 1825 and 1835.
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