The 35 1/2 inch long blade has a "crown/9" mark on the right ricasso and "GILL" on the left. Thomas Gill (1744-1801) was a prominent cutler in Birmingham in the late 18th century. The hilt has four slots in the guard, a crest with a hand and dagger over a torse on the knuckle bow, and a round pommel. The consignor listed this sword as a light dragoon saber and indicated the crest is for the Ker/Kerr family. The famous Potter Light Dragoon sabers used a similar hilt. Lt. Mark Kerr served with the 17th Light Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War in Captain Needham's Troop. The 17th Light Dragoons were originally formed as the 18th Regiment of Light Dragoons and later became the famous 17th Lancers that participated in the Charge of the Light Brigade. During the American Revolution, they were part of the siege of Boston and fought at Bunker Hill. They were later engaged at the battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Fort Washington in 1776; Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery in 1777; Crooked Billet and Barren Hill in 1778; and later fought at Cowpens with Tarleton's Legion.
Very good with mottled gray and brown patina overall, mild pitting, and some nicks and dings. The grip is fine and has only a few scrapes spots.
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