A good 1796 pattern cavalry officer’s sword
A good 1796 pattern cavalry officer’s sword built for an officer serving in India. The regulation blade is blued and gilt, and etched with a crowned GR, Royal Arms (1801-1816), a mounted cavalry officer, trophies of arms and the Union flowers together with assorted foliage. Both the regulation steel hilt and scabbard are close plated with silver. The grip is covered with leather and bound with twisted silver wire. The scabbard is engraved with the makers W & S Dawes, Birmingham within a frame.
Blade length 32½” (82.5cms) Overall length 37¼” (94.5cms)
Close plating the hilt and scabbard with silver is a feature noted on numerous swords for use in India. William and Samuel Dawes (1799-1812) were Sword Cutlers, Army Accoutrements and Gun Makers (to the Board of Ordnance from 1804) and were located in Snowhill, Birmingham.