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    Sharpe's Sword

    A few days ago I started working my way through the Sharpe series staring Sean Bean. This question has probably been asked before, but here goes: Any idea as to the pattern of the sword Sharpe carries?
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    1796 Heavy Cavalry

    The author (Bernard Cornwell) has a note at the end of one of the Sharpe books on the sword.
    The sword was the 1796 pattern Heavy Cavalry sword - completely unsuitable for an infantry officer, but he liked the idea of a big sword for Sharpe and apparently purchased one to check how it would be carried. I don't know if that accuracy was carried over in the TV series.

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    The 1796 HC sword would be a better sword than infantry swords of the period but heavier though not overly. The 1796 is longer and a better cutter and thruster with its hatchet point ground.
    Cavalry also fought on foot with these swords.

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    Thank you, gentlemen. I had suspected it was an actual pattern and not a made up sword for the films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David. L View Post
    The author (Bernard Cornwell) has a note at the end of one of the Sharpe books on the sword.
    The sword was the 1796 pattern Heavy Cavalry sword - completely unsuitable for an infantry officer, but he liked the idea of a big sword for Sharpe and apparently purchased one to check how it would be carried. I don't know if that accuracy was carried over in the TV series.
    Is that where that sword came from at the theater? I watched two kids have a sword fight using a really nice looking saber and a stage sword after a party one night at Monomoy theater. I always wondered why we had something that nice...
    I like swords.

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