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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 Sabreimage L95 1

Sold Item Notice

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.

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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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image L95 7 Sabre d officier de cavalerie legere a la Chasseur

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