British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword with Pipe-Back Blade

By Osborn & Gunby, Sword Cutlers To His Majesty, and his Royal Highness The Prince Regent, Circa 1810With curved pipe-back blade double-edged at the point, the forte on one side etched and gilt with foliage and the owner’s name within an etched and gilt laurel wreath bound by a ribbon, and on the other with a martial trophy and foliage above the maker’s details, ‘Warranted’ below, regulation steel stirrup hilt with faceted rounded pommel and back-piece in one, knuckle-guard retaining its buff-leather and silver bullion sword-knot, lobed rear quillon, and ribbed leather-covered grip bound with silver wire, in original steel scabbard (some light pitting and minor dents) with two rings for suspension. 84 cm blade.

George Lloyd Hodges joined the Army as an Ensign in the 61st Regiment in 1806 and served in the Peninsula. In 1812 he transferred to the 3rd Dragoons and was with them at the Battles of Vittoria and the Pyrenees. With the declaration of peace he was put on half pay with the 13th Light Dragoons and served with them as a Volunteer at Quatro Bras and Waterloo. He later worked as Recruiting Adjutant and in 1832 was appointed Colonel of the Foreign Brigade with the expedition to Portugal when Dom Miguel proclaimed himself King. He was subsequently knighted and followed a career as a diplomat