The 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword is perhaps most famous as the sword used in the Bernard
Cornwell novels of Captain Richard Sharpe in the 95th Rifles who
wields this relatively cumbersome weapon with great efficiency during his
Lantern Armouries 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword is handmade by Sword smith using Traditional craftsman methods and all the features of the originals including:
- Blade: Straight with single fuller and Hatchet
- Scabbard: Steel with 2 loose hanging Rings
- Grip: bound leather
Steel Knucklebow with round disk Hand guard and slit for sword knot
- Length 87.5 cms
- Stamped on scabbard with original makers name
Osborne & co Birmingham
- Stamped on blade with Board of ordnance mark
The 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword was modeled on the Austrian 1775 pattern sword and was used in the battle of Waterloo 1812 by British Heavy Cavalry regiments such as the Kings Dragoon Guards. The Famous Heavy Cavalry brigade charge at Waterloo included the Royal Scots Greys which is well remembered in the Lady Butler painting “Scotland forever” showing the greys all full charge with their 1796 Heavy Cavalry swords draw.
1796 heavy cavalry sword remained in service until 1821 with regular cavalry
regiments and until the 1850’s with some yeomanry regiments.