Posted 12 months ago
I’m posting this sword today as it relates to my last posting of a French Model 1915 Helmet. When haggling over the helmet at a second-hand store in Reno back in the early 1980s, the shop owner told me he got this sword from the same person, and he would include it if I paid $20 for both. Ah, the good old days.
Anyway, when I bought them, I had no idea what the sword was and I thought it might be an interesting research project. The langets made me think it was French from the start, but it took a number of years before I found a match online, right down to the exact same decorative engraving (last photo). According to the online source, this was a Napoleonic era cavalry officer’s sword.
My sword has a blade about 33” long, and engraved with floral work and stands of arms. In the case of the sword I found online, the blade was blued and the engraving was gold filled. Of course the grip on mine is gone, but the rest of the hilt is brass, with a lion’s head pommel. In addition to the corrosion, the blade edge nicked from use and the blade is warped – possibly from fire or maybe just being underground for a long time.