British 1796 Light Cavalry Sword – Sir John Moore
British 1796 Light Cavalry Sword possibly belonging to Sir John Moore KB The sword is in very good condition and has at some point been refurbished please note small area of the fish skin covered grip is missing. The blade curved and pipe backed being double edged for the last 7 inches forming a spear point. The blade is acid etched with a presentation within a panel which reads WORN BY LIEUTENANT – GENERAL SIR JOHN MOORE K.B WHEN HE WAS SLAIN BY A CANNON BALL AT THE BATTLE OF CORUNNA ON THE 16TH OF JANUARY 1809 – Now there is no way to confirm the inscription although some research was untaken by the previous owner there is no concrete proof. Reference is made to an article written by Geoff Worrall for the Antique Arms & Militaria magazine in August 1981 in which he does detail a similar sword to Lt COLONEL WILLIAM TOMKINSON 1809 – 15 and indicating the sword may have been etched as a family trophy, copy of the article is included. It is complete with matching scabbard with 2 loose rings and age wear. Please note the sword is being sold with no guarantee that the inscription is original however regardless it is a very fine example of a 1796 light cavalry officer’s sword.
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