A 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword ex. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Of regulation specifications, with bright curved fullered blade, steel regulation stirrup hilt with langets, lobed rear quillon stamped ‘J 48’, knuckle-guard pierced for a sword-knot, ribbed leather-covered grip, in steel scabbard stamped ‘G 675’ and with makers name, ‘OSBORN & GUNBY BIRM’ two split-rings for suspensions.
I am selling these swords in exactly the condition they have come to me. With a gentle clean the swords would be in superb condition.
On 31st July 1881, a large number of cavalry sabres and lances were transferred from the Artillery Depot in Brielle, part of the former Ministry of War, to the Rijksmuseum. Photos from the Historical Archive of the Rijksmuseum reveals these weapons were shown in the Eastern Courtyard from the museums opening in 1885. After the Second World War the majority of the sabres and lances were put into storage.
In 2018 the Rijksmuseum depot moved to a new location and it was decided that these weapons should be sold.
Each sword retains museum markings and comes complete with the sale catalogue providing full provenance for the swords.