Category: french army

victoriansword: Waterloo Spam: The French Conn…

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Waterloo Spam: The French Connection

Although I focus on British swords of the 19th century, I try to include other swords, weapons, and armour that I think are cool and often have some connection to Britain and its empire and its wars. I would be remiss if I only spammed you with British militaria today, so I will present you with a few images from the sales catalog for “The Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson Collection”. Jackson was an avid collector who left his collection to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. A large portion of the collection–French militaria from the First Empire–was considered beyond the scope of the Smithsonian and it was therefore sold via auction in 1996. Below are a few interesting pieces from the catalog.

Above: A silver hilted sword of honour  together with documents including a Brevet of Honor granting the sword, dated 4 Nivose An 8, signed Bonaparte and citing Jacques Grognet, Captain of Grenadiers of the 51st Demi Brigade.

Above: Non-Regulation General Officer of Cuirassiers Helmet

Above: Deluxe Cavalry Officer’s Sabre of the Imperial Guard

Above, from top to bottom: Deluxe Light Cavalry Officer’s Sabre, Model An XI Lancers/Chasseurs Sabre, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre a la Chasseur, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre.

French ‘gladius’ or cabbage chop…

French ‘gladius’ or cabbage chopper sidearm

Klingenthal, France – The Valley of Blades and…

Klingenthal, France – The Valley of Blades and Royal Arms Manufacture: undefined

victoriansword: French Zouave, Second Empire

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French Zouave, Second Empire

Before and after photos of a Napoleonic French…

Before and after photos of a Napoleonic French Cuirassier’s Sword restored by Paul Macdonald of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland.

victoriansword: French “Pistolet d’arçon mo…

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French “Pistolet d’arçon modèle 1822 T Bis”, Model 1854 Cuirassier Officer’s Sword, and a cuirassier’s breastplate, 19th Century.

Deluxe Cavalry Officer’s Sabre of the Imperial…

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Deluxe Cavalry Officer’s Sabre of the Imperial Guard, French, 19th Century

Cuirassier Sword compared to Estoc

Cuirassier Sword compared to Estoc

victoriansword: 24e bataillon de chasseurs …

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24e bataillon de chasseurs alpins

victoriansword: French Marine dressed for serv…

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French Marine dressed for service in Tonkin c.1883

With souvenirs.