Napoleonic Prussian 1811M Blucher Sabre,
Regiment Identified, sold
In very good condition, a Prussian 1811M Blucher saber, made by
Schnitzler & Kirschbaum, marked to the 5th Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon
(mounted riflemen or "rangers" if you are American).
This sabre was made in 1811; we know this because of the S&K
(Schnitzler & Kirschbaum) maker's mark to the spine. The sabre
was sabre number 5 of squadron 4 of the 5th Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon,
we know this courtesy of the markings to the cross guard "J.
M. V. 4. 5". The sabre stayed in service with the Prussian
army after Waterloo; we know this because of the mismatched scabbard
(marked to a Reserve Pioneer regiment), as was very common.
The Blucher was a "copy" of the British 1796 pattern
light cavalry sabre which model remained in service in one form
or another with the Prussian and then German army until WW1. This
is one of the first Bluchers ever made however, and a magnificent
sabre, very weighty, especially the scabbard. There are many Bluchers
for sale on the market but the vast majority are post-Waterloo;
what we are offering here is a very scarce Napoleonic era original
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in excellent condition; you are unlikely
to find better. Firm in the hilt, the hilt with some signs of age,
of course, but still good and solid, the original grip still in
good condition. The heavy steel scabbard is also very good. The
sabre sheathes and draws very well.
Don't hesitate, this is a well above average example of a very
scarce and exceptionally impressive sword. Please quote item reference
H42 (995). Further / full sized images available upon request.