This is one of the first standardized cavalry swords issued in the British Army. The steep curve and shape of the blade made it an ideal slashing weapon. It saw use by British cavalry throughout the Napoleonic Wars.
Light Cavalry SWORD and SCABBARD British Light Cavalry, trooper, pattern 1796; sword by Woolley and Deakin, scabbard by Osborn & Gunby. British, Birmingham, 1796-1821.