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Jonathan Warner's Sword (Sabre) and Scabbard

  • Jonathan Warner's Sword (Sabre) and Scabbard

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    This sword was gifted to LMCC Cultural Services Depart in 2018. It is 82.5cm long, encased in an iron scabbard with a wooden lining. It is believed to be a Pattern 1796 Light Calvary Sabre and belonged to Jonathan Warner. The sabre usually has a curved, single-edged blade and a substantial hand guard, which covered the knuckles of the hand as well as the thumb and forefinger. It is a type of backsword, influenced heavily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and dominantly used by the British Army from the late 17th century through to its most popular period, the Napoleonic Era. There was a brief move away from the sabre during the late 17th Century, but made a quick revival in the first decade of the 19th Century. The most famous British Sabre is the 1796 light cavalry model, which was used by all army personnel and was hugely popular during the Napoleonic Era. Its design is largely attributed to John Le Marchant, who also developed the first British Military Sword training manual. This sword was known for its brutal cutting power, easily severing limbs.