33" curved, single-edged blade. 1.5" wide at ricasso with a 27.5" long, wide median fuller. 37.5" overall length, 4.75" bird's head hilt with reverse P guard. Leather wrapped grooved wood grip. 5" cross guard with forward swept disc quillon at top of guard and langets on either side of guard. Lower face of guard unit marked "Y H / H / 15" indicating use by the Yorkshire Hussars. Spine of blade marked "CRAVEN" and obverse of blade marked with a British military "2/GR" inspection mark. No scabbard is present. Thomas Craven worked as a sword cutler circa 1803-1820, part of that time as Craven & Cooper. The Yorkshire Hussars were formed as a Yeomanry (volunteer) cavalry unit in 1794 and remained in service through the First World War. The Model 1796 Light Cavalry saber was the inspirational pattern for sabers around the world during the early 1800s, with the classic Prussian Model 1811 Blucher saber based upon this design as well as early American sabers like those produced by Starr. The sabers had a reputation for being exceedingly sharp and period accounts from the Battle of Waterloo describe these swords as "meat slicers" when used against Napoleon's troops. This sword likely dates to the period of the Napoleonic Wars.
Good. Blade with scattered oxidation and staining, showing some minor scattered surface roughness and some pinprick pitting here and there. Tip very slightly blunted. Hilt to blade joint with some wobble. Guard with moderate surface pitting and oxidized discoloration. Grooved wood grip worn and chipped with some wood loss, leather wrap dry, flaking and mostly missing. Unit marking on face of guard crisp and clear. Craven marking on spine weak and only partially legible. Cross pin missing from hilt.
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