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British 1796 Light Cavalry officers sword by Gill
This is an example of a light cavalry officers sword made by Thomas Gill. Gill started manufacturing in Birmingham in 1774 and assuming it is the same Thomas Gill is last recorded at St James in London in 1816. This sword and style of inscription is similar to others dating between 1797 and 1800. After the inscription is the number '2'. This also appears on the scabbard. Recently two more swords have been found numbered '57' and '58' again on both scabbard and blade. This may indicate that all three are from a batch of swords commissioned to equip a yeomany unit and numbered accordingly. There was significant sword production during this period principally to deal with the emerging crises in Europe. While the regular army required re-equipping with the new 1796 light cavalry sabre the units of Yeomanry Cavalry formed throughout the country also needed to be equipped. As a result the range and number of variants of this model are considerable.
Scabbard and blade points