Darrell Rivers & Brett Gibbons discuss the logistics of the Crimean War including the differences in British & French supply, transport, rationing, and ordnance, the Board of Ordnance, the issuing of green coffee, successes, failures, and the transition towards professional systems in the British and French armies in the 19th century.
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.
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.