French 1882M Colonial Infantry Officer's
Sword, Initials, Paris, Sold
In good condition, a French 1882 Model (variant) Colonial Infantry
Officer's Sword, Owner's Initials, made by a Fourbisseur (Spiquel)
A variant in that the original officer owner had the Fourbisseur
make the hilt / guard with four bars rather than three to give better
hand protection. This sword bears the Fourbisseur mark for Spiquel
in Paris and has the extra length 90 cm blade (this was the maximum
length set for this sword model). The pommel bears the original
officer's initials, "A D".
The 90 cm blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt
is equally good. The walnut grip also good but some of the twisted
grip wires are missing or astray. The steel scabbard is mostly good
but has a kink towards the drag / chape. The sword sheathes and
draws well though the scabbard has lost its single tightening screw
near the throat.
A nice example of a pretty scarce sword. Yours for £? 9too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference S71 (0695). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.