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Napoleonic French Army General's Epee Sword, sold

In good overall condition, a rare Napoleonic French Army General's Blue & Gilt Etched Epee Sword.

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Sales enquiries

With an old inventory / auction label in French stating this to be very similar to the sword carried by General Rapp (the aide-de-campe to Napoleon); it is not Rapp's sword but gives you an idea of the likely standing of the French general that once owned it, whoever it was.

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The 31 1/8 inch colichemarde blue and gilt etched blade is in good condition, the etching a little worn / fade and some patina towards the point, but firm still in the hilt. The hilt retaining much gilt is in good condition, as is the fluted mother of pearl grip. The fishskin covered scabbard has some losses, wear and taped repairs but is sound; the gilt fittings still good. The sword sheaves and draws well.

We bought this from a man who did house clearances, found this and five other swords 16 years beforehand in the attic of a deceased gentleman and kept them until he sold them to us. So we are unable to identify the origin of the labels and / or history. The labels looks to be circa 1970's or 80's.

A very nice, well above average example of a rare sword. A bargain at just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AF44 (1106). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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