Sold -1821 British Cavalry Officer pipeback sabre – by Gibbons

This is a gorgeous example of the 1821 officer sabre made by a scarce maker or retailer: J. Gibbons of Canterbury. It is rare that engravings remain on earlier blades as they tend to be fairly shallow, but in this case the blade is in pristine condition.

This early Victorian sabre was likely made for a tall officer, as the blade is slightly longer than most other cavalry swords at exactly 3 feet. It comes in its original scabbard which fits like a glove. Put upside down the blade will not move, but a gentle pull will take it out, which really speaks for the quality of its craftsmanship. The original leather washer is also still present.

The hilt is in good shape, with some faint pitting on the guard and backstrap, and a few areas missing from the shagreen, but nothing tat distracts from the overall piece.

This is a splendid example which would be a welcome addition to any collection.


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