A Comparison: The British Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Trooper’s Sword and the Austrian Model 1769 Heavy Cavalry Pallasch 

The British P1796 Heavy Cavalry Trooper’s Sword is probably best known as the sword of Richard Sharpe from the popular book series by Bernard Cornwell. In 1796 both heavy and light cavalry adopted new sword patterns. John Gaspard Le Marchant is credited with the creation of these sword patterns, as well as producing a manual on the use of the cavalry sword. The light cavalry sword is a bit more original in its design than the heavy cavalry sword, as the heavy cavalry sword was based on the earlier Austrian M1769 HC Pallasch. The Austrian M1769 is rather rare, at least in my area of the world, so it is not often that one can see the British and Austrian swords side by side. Thank you to Ivan B. at Sword Forum International for allowing me to share photos of his swords! 



Straight, single-and short false-edged blade, tip, with fuller through almost all the length, with engraved on both facets the imperial, Austrian, double eagle at forte, surmounted with a crown. Brass hilt. Thin langets, angled guard (a detachment) in the upper part, shell-guard on the external part, with two arms joining to the guard. On the internal part a ring for the thumb ending in a second, smaller, shell-guard. Grip with the old leather covering and brass wire binding. Long, smooth cap (slightly detached). Later wooden, leather-covered scabbard with brass mounts. Four lugs.

Austria, late 18th Century
length 99 cm.