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 /
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.