British Pattern 1788 Heavy Cavalry Officer's Sword
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New acquisition! A 1788 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword regimentally marked to the 3rd or Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards. This type of sword was carried by the officers of all three antecedent regiments during the Flanders campaign, 1793-95. The 1788 pattern of sword was the first standardised pattern mandated by the British government to be carried by the heavy cavalry. Prior to this, the Commanding Officer of any particular regiment was given an allowance from the government and in following broad guidelines, had a duty to equip his men. This officer’s version of the 1788 pattern heavy cavalry sword differs in certain respects to that of the other ranks. The grip is made from shagreen or fish skin and the blade bears etched decoration. The overall quality of the sword’s construction will also be higher. The museum’s aim is to display the 1788 pattern sword in a future exhibition in addition to creating a blog post to be added to our website in the coming weeks. This post will further explore the story of the sword and the actions it may have been carried in. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions.