Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

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Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Mike.H » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:12 am

Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre Officer's or Troopers ? I thought possibly Officers as it has a fishskin grip but it has no ferrule which I was led to believe should be present on Officer swords ?

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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Richard » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:49 am

Hi Mike
Seems to have an English type hilt but Germanic blade and scabbard. I would therefore say officer but of course, I could easily be wrong.
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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Mike.H » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:46 pm

Yes I would go for officers Richard but we will never know for sure.

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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Chris A » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:29 pm

Hi Mike,
What is the decoration on the blade ?

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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Mike.H » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:19 am

Pics Chris I think the engraving is pretty standard on these Runkel 1788 blades.

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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Chris A » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:23 pm

My 1788 has different engraving although fairly typical Germanic as well. The signature on the back edge is just R.Sohlingen. The scabbard has one openwork panel each side and is signed D.Egg, Hay Market London. Would Egg have assembled the sword or just imported it do you think ?
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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Richard » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:34 pm

Chris
In my view, blade imported by Runkel, hilt and scabbard made and fitted by Egg. Very nice sword.
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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Chris A » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:35 pm

Richard,
Just what I thought.

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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Chris A » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:14 pm

Interesting sword coming up at JB Military Auctions in Australia. 1788 blade and scabbard with 1796 type stirrup hilt. The blade is a typical Runkel but the name has been erased from the back edge just leaving Solingen and replaced with EGG in very small letters and the number 12. Obviously an import but why the different hilt ? Was it an attempt to modernise an earlier sword ?
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Re: Runkel 1788 pattern light cavalry sabre

Post by Richard » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:54 pm

Chris A wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:14 pm
Was it an attempt to modernise an earlier sword ?
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I believe it most likely was just that. Here's one I used to have which was numbered '2' on back edge of blade, pommel, underside of quillon and scabbard throat. I think these are disassembly and reassembly numbers.

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PS, you sold it in 2007!
PPS, and its in a certain book!
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