French WW1 1896 model Cavalry Officer's Sword,
In very good condition, a scarce 1896 model French cavalry officer's
sword from early World War One, dated November 1914.
A very good example with minimal grip damage (repaired) of a WW1
French cavalry officer's sword from very early on in the Great War;
you can only imagine what horrors the original owner experienced.
The 35 inch blade is in superb condition for its age, marked along
the spine showing the model number, manufacturer (Châtellerault)
and date 9bre (November) 1914, and is firm in the hilt. The gilt
hilt is also in excellent order. The ebonized wood grip has some
damage under the pommel which has been repaired, but overall is
very good with the twisted grip wire bindings also very good. The
steel scabbard has some staining here and there but again is good
to very good. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
The sword is in such condition I suspect the original officer held
it, put it in barracks, and then manned a machine gun rather than
mounted a horse. In any event, it is well above average and a snip.
Please quote item reference H11 (1004). Further / full sized images
available upon request.