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The French model 1822 light cavalry sabre – …

The French model 1822 light cavalry sabre – an overview.

French Sapeurs’ Swords, 19th Century

French Sapeurs’ Swords, 19th Century

From top to bottom:

  1. European Sapeur’s Sword, Line Infantry
  2. Composite Sapeur’s Sabre, blade marked 8t Hussars, c.1810-15
  3. Sapeur’s Sword, Infantry of the Line, c.1808
  4. Composite Sapeur’s Sabre, c.1810-1815
  5. Sapeur’s Sabre, Infantry of the Line, Second Empire (with sawback blade)
  6. Massive Sapeur’s Sabre, Infantry of the Line, c.1810-1815 (with sawback blade)
  7. Sapeur’s Sabre, Infantry of the Line, date 1840

Swords from The Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson Collection sale at Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, 1996.

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French Model 1822 Light Cavalry Sabre

Blade spine marked “Coulaux Ainé et Cie. Klingenthal”, dating it to 1838-40. Poincons on blade and scabbard.

Deluxe Cavalry Officer’s Sabre of the Imperial…

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

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French Mle. 1866 Chassepot Bayonet

Sword bayonets were generally issued to elite/specialist troops (e.g. riflemen, pioneers, etc.). This changed when the French introduced the M1866 Chassepot bayonet as it was issued to all infantry and not just elite units. Many European nations soon followed suit. Today it is one of the most common 19th century bayonets on the market. Some collectors have challenged themselves to collect examples made by each manufactory, as well as those issued to colonial troops (indicated by an anchor stamp on the guard). The above Mle. 1866 Chassepot bayonet was made at St. Etienne in 1873 (St. Etienne-made bayonets are the most common for this model). Brass grip, iron guard, steel yataghan style blade.

Various 19th Century BayonetsThis was what my …

Various 19th Century Bayonets

This was what my bayonet collection looked like about 12 years ago. From top to bottom:

  • British Brown Bess Socket Bayonet
  • British Pattern 1876 Martini-Henry Socket Bayonet

  • Italian Bersaglieri Sword Bayonet Dated 1851 
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • Brazilian Light Minie Rifle Sword Bayonet, made in Germany and probably diverted to the United States during the Civil War.

French Mle. 1816 Cuirassier’s Sword A lovely …

French Mle. 1816 Cuirassier’s Sword

A lovely French M1816 cuirassier’s pallasch, with huge 39 inch blade featuring double fullers. This is a very clean example, its only notable flaw being the loss of the grip wire. Otherwise it is in great condition. The blade is bright, straight and firm in the hilt. The massive 3-branch brass guard is in good shape and clean. The leather of the grip is all remaining, if a little dry. The scabbard fits perfectly and has relatively minor patina for the age. It has all the expected arsenal stamps and the engraving on the spine of the blade seems to indicate manufacture at Klingenthal in 1828. 

French Model 1829 Light Artillery Sword

French Model 1829 Light Artillery Sword

The French Are Coming! – The Invasion Scare …

The French Are Coming! – The Invasion Scare of 1859

Capt. Gibbons & Lord Rivers discuss the war scare that triggered a naval arms race, coastal defence construction, and the rise of the Rifle Volunteers, but culminated in a growing friendship between France & Britain.

We discuss the French ironclad Gloire & the iron hulled response–HMS Warrior. 

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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.