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Original British Napoleonic Named P-1803 Light Company Officer's Saber - Died at Waterloo

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Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. The Pattern of 1803 Light Company Officer's Saber is one of the most impressive, however impractical, sabers Britain ever adopted. With a very curved 30 1/2" single edged blade, now with no markings. The hilt fittings are all mercury gilt, the hand guard incorporating a CROWN over G.R. for King George III. The grip is wrapped in shark skin and bound with brass wire, now slightly damaged. No scabbard remain, and the hilt is slightly distorted in shape, which we feel is from battle use.

The back of the grip strap is engraved with the owner's name:-

LIEUT. ARTHUR GORE
33D. REGT.

Research tells us that Lieutenant Arthur GORE of the 33rd Regiment of Foot, otherwise known as the 1st YORKSHIRE WEST RIDING, was killed on the 18th of JUNE 1815 at The BATTLE OF WATERLOO. He was the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Gore and Sarah, daughter of George Wynne, Mayor of Plymouth in 1791.

The fact that Lieutenant Gore fell at Waterloo rather explains the absence of theScabbard and the apparent damage to the sword hilt itself. Had the back strap not borne his name and Regiment it is most likely that the saber would never have found it's way back to the family. For Reference See WATERLOO ROLL CALL by Charles Dalton, pages 149-151.

A nice example with a great battle provenance. Ready to display

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