Woolley 1796 Scabbards

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Woolley 1796 Scabbards

Postby Bryce » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:23 am

G’day Guys,

Has anyone else noticed that when you see a 1796 cavalry sword (heavy or light) with a mismatched scabbard, the scabbard is usually by Woolley or Woolley Deakin? I have two in my collection. Either Woolley made a heap of spare scabbards or else their swords broke long before the scabbards did. MDL has a 1796 disc hilt by Craven in a Woolley Deakin scabbard for sale at the moment.

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Re: Woolley 1796 Scabbards

Postby Bryce » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:09 am

Actually I think the answer is that Woolley was the only manufacturer which routinely marked their trooper scabbards. Most manufacturers only marked officer’s scabbards. Strangely Woolley engraved their name, rather than stamped it as well?
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Re: Woolley 1796 Scabbards

Postby John Sheard » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:25 pm

The MDL sword and scabbard both carry the same Troop and Trooper letter and number They have been together for a long time and I suspect Woolley commonly made scabbards for other sword makers.
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Re: Woolley 1796 Scabbards

Postby Bryce » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:42 pm

G'day John,
Is there any evidence for this? My thinking was that scabbards by other makers may be just as common, but because they aren't marked they don't stand out in my memory.
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