Reeves M1821 Lt cavalry

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Jim McDougall
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Reeves M1821 Lt cavalry

Post by Jim McDougall » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:43 am

I have a M1821 light cavalry troopers sabre marked to REEVES but on the blade near that mark are the numbers 111 stamped in the blade. For years I wondered what this number might be for, and it seems somewhere I noted EIC weapons sometimes had such numbers on them. While I apologize for not having photos (the sword is not with me presently) I wonder if anyone has heard or such number placement on blade back of this model sword.

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Re: Reeves M1821 Lt cavalry

Post by Richard » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:27 am

Hi Jim
I have seen various patterns of trooper swords (1788, 1796, 1821) where all components are stamped or engraved with a number (quite often in Roman numerals). These are most likely assembly numerals, i.e. each component marked with same number for ease of assembly. Does you number only appear on the blade? Or is it also on any other part of the sword?
Richard
PS, can’t post photos either as I’m away from home right now

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Re: Reeves M1821 Lt cavalry

Post by Gordon K. Byrne » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:41 pm

Hi Jim,

Whilst not making any specific comment on the numbers, It would indeed be interesting to see some pictures of the hilt (when you can get to it), and have some specific dimension, which may? give some answers.

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Re: Reeves M1821 Lt cavalry

Post by Jim McDougall » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:11 am

Thanks very much guys! I hope I can get to it sometime soon.
The numbers are regular 111, not Roman numerals. Its only on the blade so not a component match number. I thought perhaps a batch number. I know the 1821s got held up in production about 1825 then started again in 1829, forgot what happened.

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