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 Guard, French, 19th Century
Cuirassier Sword compared to Estoc
French Marine dressed for service in Tonkin c.1883
<h2>The French 1845 Superior Infantry Officer Sabre</h2>
What looks like it may be an 1822 pattern French Heavy Cavalry Sabre (I’m not so well versed in the French patterns, excuse me if I’m mistaken. Looking at you @victoriansword) certainly French however, from Czerny’s International Auction House, they dated it ca. 1875-1900 but that may be dubious, though the nature of the guard and blade make it seem as though it may be a presentation sword, which may support their dating, however it lacks the straight thrusting blade appearing on many swords in the late 1800’s, so it’s difficult to say.
I’m not good with French swords, but it does look like a French M1822 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword. The single scabbard ring would date it to after 1887, so the sword could very well be 1890-1910(?). Again, I’m no expert on French swords. Additional photos and information would be ideal, but I don’t think that this listing is still on the Czerny’s website.
Britain vs. France! 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers’ Swords Compared
A French 1845 model non-commissioned officer’s sword, probably from around WW1. This model of sword was first introduced in 1845 and remained essentially unchanged until after WW1. It was carried by both junior officers and NCOs in the French army and inspired US infantry officer’s swords. In 1855 the leather scabbard was replaced with a steel one, which often leads to these being called the 1855 model sword. At the end of the 19th century the two-ring steel scabbard was changed for a one-ring model and these swords were still in use during WW1, even after the 1882 model was introduced. This example is in quite decent condition – there is some denting to the brass guard and the grip wire has gone. The sword is quite stiff to get into and out of the scabbard for some reason. Other than these factors, the sword is in a good state, with a lovely bright blade, quite solid in the hilt (unusual for French infantry swords!) and the wooden grip intact in nice condition. These are very pleasing swords to hold with a surprising amount of authority in their blades for the size (30 inches).