Napoleonic Wars French An XI Light Cavalry
Officer's Sabre, Sold
In good to very good condition, a French Sabre d'Officier de Cavalerie
Legere ou de Chasseur (light cavalry officer's sabre), almost certainly
a war trophy, with good blue and gilt etching.
We guarantee this is a 100% authentic Napoleonic French cavalry
sabre, not some later reproduction. It was made by Schimmelbusch
of Solingen before 1813, probably around 1810; Solingen is in Prussia
/ Germany and they were allies if Napoleon until 1812 and many if
not most French officer's sword / blades were Solingen made at this
time. We bought this sabre from a deceased's estate, the sword being
in the attic and clearly for a long time. It is therefore likely
to be a war trophy brought home by a British serviceman during or
just after the Napoleonic Wars.
The 34 1/4 inch curved blade is in very good condition, a couple
of minor nicks to the cutting edge half way down, quite likely as
a result of parrying with the enemy; the blade was period sharpened
but is not too sharp now; the etching a little aged as to be expected
but still clear and impressive. The blade is firm in the hilt, the
brass 3 bar guard in good shape, the leather and twisted wire grip
in good condition, a little aged, the twisted wire a little stray
under the pommel. The sabre sheaths and draws well into its browned
steel scabbard which has some signs of rusting and the browning
is mostly gone, but has done its job in protecting the blade.
A lovely sword, very evocative to hold, a definite investment.
Please quote item reference E03 (797). Further / full sized images
available upon request.