Toledo Bladed Sabre with Steel Hilt – French 1882 Variant
This is a rare variant of a French model 1882 Infantry Officers sabre, with a reinforced steel hilt, and a toledo style sabre blade with a reinforced forte for enhanced parrying.
The toledo blade style features one wide central fuller flanked by two narrow fullers, and makes the edge thicker, preventing damage when parrying. It also makes swords that are very stiff for their weight.
This sword is short, and lightweight (590 grams, 91cm), and was thus likely a levy weight or piquet weight sword.
This sabre is a true sabre under both British definitions, having a curved blade, and French definitions, which go by hilt design.
It was made by Francois Backes and Francois Delacour in Paris.
A British 1890 Pattern Cavalry Trooper’s Sword to the 7th Hussars by [Robert] Mole & Son, Birmingham, the 85 cm single edge fullered steel blade with War Department markings, maker’s name and issue dates for ‘90,’99,’00,’01,’02,’03, the sheet steel bowl hilt with Maltese cross cut-out and rolled edge, the guard stamped 7H 67, with chequered leather grip scales, lacks scabbard.
This pattern would have seen use in numerous campaigns and expeditions on the North West Frontier of India, Burma, Africa, the Reconquest of the Sudan, and early on in the Second Anglo-Boer War.