British Light Cavalry Troopers Sword 1821 Pattern by Reeves Birmingham Leather Scabbard

Early 19th century
Steel, leather over wood
Sheathed (including hilt): 107cm
Blade: 82cm
Standard Parcel
This is a British Light Cavalry Troopers Sword of 1821 Pattern by Birmingham makers Reeves with a leather scabbard. The style of the maker‘s name stamped on the blade means this was made pre-1829 as that was when Reeves became Reeves & Grieves. Has Crown and Birmigham 13 mark to opposite side of blade.
Sword is in un-restored condition. Leather scabbard is worn but still good condition for age and the sword draws and sheaths fine. Hilt is quite rusty and there are significant signs of age and use to the grip. There appears to be a crack in one bar of the hilt (see photograph). Blade is slightly curved with only minor rusting and staining.
This is the pattern of light cavalry sword that would have been used at the battle of Balaclava (1854) in the famous charge of the light Brigade.
The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. British commander Lord Raglan had intended to send the Light Brigade to prevent the Russians from removing captured guns from overrun Turkish positions, a task for which the light cavalry were well-suited. However, there was miscommunication in the chain of command, and the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire. The Light Brigade reached the battery under withering direct fire and scattered some of the gunners, but they were forced to retreat immediately, and the assault ended with very high British casualties and no decisive gains.
Condition Note: Un-restored condition. Crack to one bar of hilt.