1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

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Re: 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

Post by Richard » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:35 pm

Bryce wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:29 am
G'day Richard,
I was reading your new book and noticed that Lt Col. Fiennes Sanderson Miller's ladder hilt sword has the look of Prosser about it. I assume the scabbard isn't marked? Does it have solid scabbard rings?
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Bryce
Hi Bryce
The scabbard (like the sword) is quite worn and there are no markings nor even faint glimpses of any marking. But, yes, the rings are solid, not split.
Richard

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Re: 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

Post by Bryce » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:26 am

When Prosser engraved his name on scabbards, it was done quite deeply. I don't think that it could be worn off without leaving a trace. I am sure that these Prosser looking swords were made by Prosser, but for some reason they were never marked.
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Bryce

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Re: 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

Post by Bryce » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:33 am

G'day Guys,
I have noticed that later pipe-back swords (1818 -) tend to have a short ricasso, while earlier ones (1796-1817?) don't. I don't know if this is just a trend or perhaps something firmer. Does anyone have date-able examples which can add to this observation?
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Bryce
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Re: 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

Post by Bryce » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:00 am

G'day Guys,
Richard Beauchamp's 1796 light cavalry sabre by Prosser doesn't have a ricasso. Neither does this early (pre-1801) 1803 pipe-back by Dean. Most (if not all) 1821 and later pattern pipe-backs have a ricasso.
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Bryce
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Re: 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Pipe-back

Post by Bryce » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:03 am

Here is an 1816 dated 1796 quill-point by Harry Gill. It has a ricasso. I am not suggesting this is a definitive characteristic, but for some reason there is a definite trend towards later pipe-back blades having a short ricasso.
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Bryce
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