A Rare 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officers Undress Sword. 40" overall, 34 ¾" long wide straight blade with single broad fuller & hatchet point. Boat shaped guard of ladder pattern, incorporating the badge of the 3rd Kings Own Dragoons. Pommel with pronounced beak, plain backstrap, leather grip with twisted silver wire. In its original steel scabbard with 2 suspension rings.
A fine and rare sword in good condition, now very hard to find.
The 3rd Kings Own Dragoons became Hussars in 1818 Battle honours for Salamanca, Peninsula, Vittoria and Toulouse.
See ‘The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912’ by R. Deller page 77 for a similar hilt and Armamento Ligeiro da Guerra Peninsular 1808-1814 by Jose e Silva page 91 for an identical example.