A Very Rare 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officers Ladder Hilted Pipe Back Sword.
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41” overall, 36” pipe backed blade with quill tip, boat shaped pierced steel hilt with single looping side bar, twisted brass wire bound leather covered grip.
A very rare and hard to find sword in uncleaned condition, lacking scabbard. The extra side bar is very uncommon feature, cannot find a similar example recorded.
See British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912 by Richard Deller pages 76-77 , 88-94 and 1 00-105.