Category: french

victoriansword: French Dueling Sword, c.1840-5…

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French Dueling Sword, c.1840-50

Interesting, triangular blade with concave facets, first part is enlarged; nice, iron hilt with butt-plate an pommel decorated with braided bands in bass-relief. Wooden grip of square section with copper wire binding. Leather scabbard with iron cap decorated en suite and with mask-shaped hook. Tip and bottom part are missing. 111 cm.

victoriansword: A Gilt Brass-Hilted European…

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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. 

Not British or Victorian, but whatever!

victoriansword: Waterloo Spam: The French Conn…

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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.

Hollywood Regency style light fixture, France,…

Hollywood Regency style light fixture, France, 1950s.

French ‘gladius’ or cabbage chop…

French ‘gladius’ or cabbage chopper sidearm

Klingenthal, France – The Valley of Blades and…

Klingenthal, France – The Valley of Blades and Royal Arms Manufacture: undefined

victoriansword: French Zouave, Second Empire

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French Zouave, Second Empire

Belgian or French Folding Sword The ivory han…

Belgian or French Folding Sword

The ivory handle with a steel thumb release, the blade swinging to an open blade leaving a guard, signed blade, 53 cm high when open. 

Made by Gilson. I can’t make out the city name.

Belgian and French Folding Swords

Belgian and French Folding Swords

  1. Belgian folding sword pistol with engraved fittings and ivory grips, 19th century. (source)
  2. Belgian folding sword by Licot, Namur, 19th century. (source)
  3. Belgian folding sword, 19th century. (source)
  4. Belgian folding sword marked “ARNOULD NAMUR”, 19th century. (source)
  5. French folding sword stamped “M’edaille d’Argent” – silver medal, “Raux” – the maker, “A.St.Omer” – at St. Omer – a small village in the north of France, just south of Belgium. 19th century. (source)
  6. French or Belgian folding sword, 19th century. This opulent example is located at the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen, Germany. (source)

victoriansword: Pablo Picasso appears to be h…

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Pablo Picasso appears to be holding a French Mle. 1833 Cutlass: