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    The rounded tip to the blade may indicate that it...

    The rounded tip to the blade may indicate that it was modified for use in training.
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    I have a very similar sword - only differences:...

    I have a very similar sword - only differences: lion head to pommel/backstrap and an ivory grip. Mine was also once blue-gilt, but the blade is now very worn. The etching can still be made out - GR...
  3. Zac, I don't have any photos of my sword, but...

    Zac,

    I don't have any photos of my sword, but it is identical to the one that can be seen here:

    http://s80.photobucket.com/user/matteaston/media/antiques/CIMG1672_zps7d6c2cae.jpg.html
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  4. I have a sword with a similar mix of features: a...

    I have a sword with a similar mix of features: a 35in., plated, pipe-backed blade, a trooper-style guard - but an ear-less backstrap and triple copper wire binding to the grip. Such are often claimed...
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    The horse artillery used the 1796 light cavalry...

    The horse artillery used the 1796 light cavalry sword, which would account for the rack number on the scabbard. It is possibly a field-repair, the lack of finish on the tang-peen might suggest this....
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    The blade looks to be quite old, a lot older than...

    The blade looks to be quite old, a lot older than the rather fantastical hilt. I have seen similar blades, with three short fullers and lenticular cross-section, on South German broadswords of c....
  7. There are illuminated manuscript illustrations of...

    There are illuminated manuscript illustrations of swords being sharpened on rotary stones dating back to the Utrecht Psalter of c. 820. Earlier than this, the regalia of the Anglo-Saxon king buried...
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    The following is from an article I wrote on...

    The following is from an article I wrote on Napoleonic armoured cavalry: "The distinction between the cut and the thrust in regard to optimal targets on the human body is substantial. The thrust...
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    Hodson's troopers used tulwars and firangis. The...

    Hodson's troopers used tulwars and firangis. The 1821 could be used to cut, though arguably not as effectively as the 1796 LC. The 1796 HC had its tip sharpened in a number of ways, not only to...
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    Giving point at speed was taught to British...

    Giving point at speed was taught to British cavalry troopers, with the 'running at the ring' exercise. However, if you look at the 1796 sword exercise written by Le Marchant then the only given...
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    The Polish sabres illustrated would have been...

    The Polish sabres illustrated would have been antiques by the 1790s. The only antique swords we know that Le Marchant inspected were old Scottish basket hilts, the influence of which on the 1796 LC...
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    The 1796 is more curved than the 1788 it reaches...

    The 1796 is more curved than the 1788 it reaches a greater curvature in a shorter blade length, and of course the angle of the grip to the shoulder of the blade has direct implications on the the...
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    Is your 1788 the full 36 ins. in blade length?...

    Is your 1788 the full 36 ins. in blade length? The 1796 was 3-3.5 inches shorter, wider in the blade, lighter and the business-end - the last 6-8 ins of the cutting edge - is considerably more curved...
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    No, its directly from the French 'hachette' -...

    No, its directly from the French 'hachette' - little axe. I think the term is misused when describing sword points rather a lot - see the link on my other post.
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    Le Marchant is recorded as saying "Without doubt...

    Le Marchant is recorded as saying "Without doubt the expertly wielded scyimitar blades of the Turks, Mamalukes, Moors and Hungarians have proved that a light sword, if equally applicable to a cut or...
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    1796 light cavalry sabre design

    I watched a Youtube clip from Schola Gladiatoria about the 1796 light cavalry sabre and a few of the observations I would take issue with. As I don't have a Youtube account I will address them here....
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    I think you will find that the hilt parts are...

    I think you will find that the hilt parts are made of "die-cast metal" similar to the material used to make toy cars etc.
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    The "expert's" reasoning is defective. The oak...

    The "expert's" reasoning is defective. The oak has a number of valid connections. Contemporary ships were made of oak and at least one later admiral (Collingwood, Nelson's friend) always too a...
  19. I keep looking at the blade, of course without...

    I keep looking at the blade, of course without handling it there is no definite conclusion that I can reach, but it looks right for an old blade. There are strange facets to the sword: the sword...
  20. The crown doesn't look particularly British, the...

    The crown doesn't look particularly British, the etching has that sketchy quality I think of as typical of the 18th century. The sword, ignoring the pommel, is a strange fish if not an outright...
  21. The brass ball looks like a door-knob, it doesn't...

    The brass ball looks like a door-knob, it doesn't fit the rest of the sword. I don't think the blade and crossguard are modern, the appearance of the surface of the metal suggests some age. Possibly...
  22. I know that some previously curved French light...

    I know that some previously curved French light cavalry sabres had their blades straightened in the later 19th century. I have also seen what appear to have been officer's blades re-hilted for use by...
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    There is at least one record of a British cavalry...

    There is at least one record of a British cavalry trooper intentionally cutting his own horse's head in combat, in order to have an excuse to pull up and get out of harm's way. I imagine that the...
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    The difference between Le Marchant's views on...

    The difference between Le Marchant's views on swords in combat and the detractors (always officers) of the 1796 patterns is that Le Marchant was intelligent and logical (unusual in a British cavalry...
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    I think Fletcher covers the matter, but Thoumine...

    I think Fletcher covers the matter, but Thoumine and Denis Le Marchant certainly do.

    Fletcher, I. (1999). Galloping at Everything: The British Cavalry in the Peninsula and at Waterloo 1808-15....
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