A Very Fine Presentation 1796 Light Cavalry Sword. 37” overall, 31 ½” curved undecorated blade with double edged pointed tip pointed and pronounced 'Yelman', with pointed langlets, stirrup bow and wire bound ebony handle. In its Kilij type steel scabbard with twin ring suspension and engraved presentation inscription 'Presented to Sergt Major W.Breatt R.H.A. Rty by his Commanding Officer 1825'.
Dated 1825 (W Breatt was promoted QSM in May 1825)
Sword in good condition with a very good blade, engraving a little rubbed.
William Breatt was born in Nuneaton in 1787 rising from Private to Sergeant Major in the Royal Horse Artillery, attesting for service in 1805 at the age of 18. He was discharged on the 31st May 1835 due to chronic rheumatism and deficiency of respiration. We think he served in Captain Bulls Troop RHA, but his name is not on the Waterloo roll and he did not claim his Army General Service Medal. Sold with some copied research, more time spent may be rewarding.