Hybrid 1796 Light Cavalry Officers Sword

Hybrid 1796 Light Cavalry Officers Sword

Code: 11818

SOLD

A very interesting Hybrid 1796 pattern Light Cavalry Officers Sword.

This example fitted with an earlier 1788 Pattern blade marked to the spine J.J. Runkel, Solingen. 

Johann Justus Runkel (1741-1828) was a German importer of steel, swords & sword blades, based in London from 1778 to 1808.

Whether this blade style was the preference of the officer who carried it, or a wily cutler using up older style blades is debateable.

What is interesting is the blade decoration, which is not typical Runkel fayre, showing a galloping dragon with floral sprays and triumphal regalia. The 32.75 inch blade is highly polished, with the engraved decoration highlighted in gilt. The fuller runs the length of the blade, the point culminating in a distinctive false edge. Good overall condition, with a small scattering light rust/staining, and some minor edge nicks.

The faceted D guard with slot for a sword knot, smooth backpiece and ferrule, with broad shield shaped langets.. The grip of  grooved hardwood, showing no sign of having been covered nor bound twistwire. This possibly a replacement, but if so a very old and well executed one. There is some movement between the blade and the hilt, which could be rectified by reinstating a leather washer.

Housed in its original scabbard with twin hanging rings. The body of the scabbard in very good condition, no holes, splits or serious dents. The drag of pleasing spear pointed type. Even plum coloured patina to the scabbard and hilt, which could be cleaned and polished if desired.

An interesting sword in very good, untouched condition, and getting harder to find this way. 

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