Category: french army

The Logistics of the Crimean War Darrell Ri…

The Logistics of the Crimean War

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.

victoriansword: Assorted British, German, and …

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Assorted British, German, and French bayonets from hogspear.com’s archives.

Antique French ‘Fantasie’ Swords

Antique French ‘Fantasie’ Swords

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.

victoriansword: French Model 1822 Light Cav…

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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

victoriansword: French Mle. 1866 Chassepot Bay…

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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.