British Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword
With fullered blade double-edged at the spear point and etched ‘J.J. Runkel, Sohlingen’ along the back at the forte, the forte along each side etched with martial trophies, crowned ‘GR’ cypher and ‘TP Hankin Royal Greys’, the etching retaining traces of original gilding, regulation steel hilt of ladder pattern pierced with symmetrical foliage, faceted rounded pommel and back-piece in one, and ribbed leather-covered grip (worn) bound with twisted silver wire, in original steel scabbard with two split-rings for suspension (hilt and scabbard with some light pitting). 86.9 cm blade.
Thomas Pate Hankin entered the Army in 1795 and served with the 2nd Dragoons (The Scots Greys) throughout his career. He took part in the famous charge at Waterloo where he was severely wounded in the knee. He was knighted by the Prince Regent in 1816 and promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the regiment in 1821. He subsequently died in 1825