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.
French Combination Stiletto / Flintlock Pistol, 18th Century
Combination blade and smooth-bore, two-stage, 12 mm cal. barrel, nozzle with oblique carving at the tip, octagonal first part, the second one is round; solid iron grip with pommel and pierced quillon ends, pommel decorated with trophies. Flintlock under the barrel, slightly engraved and with ball-trigger. Very scarce. Length 48 cm.
A Gilt Brass-Hilted European Officer’s Sword, 18th Century
Hilt probably French, early 18th century, blade Italian, 16th century [I doubt it]. Straight 36 inch blade of stiff hexagonal section with 8 inch fuller marked on both sides Frederico Pichinino; side flats etched with scrollwork and panoplies on a gilt ground; heavy ricasso etched with strapwork. Gilt brass baskethilt comprising quillon block flaring to the ricasso, the sides with fleur-de-lys finials; thumb ring; straight quillons swelling at the tips; elaborate basket form of gracefully scrolling branches, the front branches apparently forming the letter M; knucklebow attached to the ovoid pommel with a screw. Grip bound with robust, plaited gilt brass wire.
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.