A Rare 1788/96 Heavy Cavalry Officers Transitional Sword. 39” overall, 34” straight blade with single wide fuller. Blue and gilt with scrolling foliage, Britannia, crowned GR cypher, standing officer, an angel and the Royal arms against a blued ground. Steel half basket hilt with slotted stool and knuckle guard with three interconnected side bars, wire bound leather covered grip. In its original steel scabbard.
A very rare officers sword with the half basket of the 1788 and a 1796 style blade.
In worn condition two thirds of the blue and gilt good on both sides of the blade, hilt and scabbard lightly rusted. Scabbard suspension rings lacking, grip wire loose. Never seen a sword like it before. Might clean up quite well.