British 1796 pattern light cavalry sword. No doubt that this sword was used in the battle of Waterloo! I will explain the reason why.
This sword came out of leftover stock from the famous Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands.
After the french army left the lower country in 1813, the Dutch raised there own army. There was no lack of volunteers but equipment and weapons where in short supply. Orders where placed in England and the complete armament of the 1 st Hussars arrived
In the summer of 1814. Almost the complete Dutch army was thrown into battle in 1815.
After waterloo it went on to serve the cavalry for many years. In 1831 the Belgians declared independence and In de more the Dutch troops went of to war. (10 daagse veldtocht).
The sword is in good condition considering is age. It is marked on the blade with a British acceptance stamp
8 under crown. There is a "B" on the spine of the blade. It Probably stands for "Birmingham" since all the swords that the Dutch government bought in England
came from there.
The scabbard is marked "J 286" which is a Dutch stamp. The "J" probably stands for "Jager" a light dragoon regiment. Also the hilt is stamped with a "J" but with number 6. The scabbard original belonged to another sword. That being said, it does fit.
- Country of manufacture
- United Kingdom
- 1796 pattern
- Weapon Type
- used at Waterloo
- Overall Length
- 97 cm
- Barrel/ blade length
- 81 cm