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Napoleonic French Chasseur Cavalry Officer's Blue & Gilt Sabre, sold

In very good condition, approximately 85%+ Blue & Gilt etch remaining, a Waterloo era French light cavalry officer's sabre / sword.

Napoleonic / Waterloo French Chasseur Light Cavalry Officer's Blue & Gilt Sabre

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Quite probably a 100 Days War (Waterloo) battle trophy. Marked "S&K" (Schnitzler & Kirschbaum) under the langet on one side of the blade, the sabre was made in Prussia as was very common crucially before the Battle of Waterloo, so circa 1811.

The exceptionally impressive 34 1/4 inch blade is a good 2 inches longer than its British counterpart. The Imperial French blue and gilt etching is still very fine. Some rubbing to blade / etching, some patina, but overall a very fine and well above average blade (very tinniest part of tip slightly bent). Blade firm in the hilt; the hilt / guard very good, the leather grip (some worm holes) and grip wire good. The browned steel scabbard in good condition (throat piece a little loose). The sword sheathes and draws well except for final 2 or 3mm where it is tight.

Getting a sword like this at auction at our asking price is very hard (and fraught with risk). Please quote item reference number L95 (1221). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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