~ A French first pattern - with a screw on the back edge of the scabbard - heavy cavalry troopers broadsword made by Klingenthal,1810 with the original first pattern heavy scabbard from the Peninsular wars ~
The sword has a large four bar brass hilt and a leather and ?twistwire? remaining to the grip. Along the edge of the blade it is signed ?Klingenthal Juin 1810? the full mark although faded in parts should read Mfture Impale du Klingenthal Juin 1810. The scabbard features a screw at the back edge.
Regulation French swords of the 19th century were primarily issued by two major government manufacturers: Klingenthal, in the east of France near Strasbourg (Alsace) and, later, Châtellerault in the centre of the country near Poitier.
During the Napoleonic period, regulation swords were also produced by the smaller manufacturer of Versaille, near Paris, which assembled weapons with blades from Klingenthal. These swords bear the stamp Versaille or Boutet on the hilt and are very desirable to collectors. This sword bears the ?Versaille? stamp on its hilt.
The blade itself has been nickel plated to give a high shine on parade.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in good antique condition. The blade has some areas of tarnish on it which are visible in the images provided. The hilt is good and solid, there is a small tear in the metal about 1 cm long but otherwise only cosmetic damage earned through use. The engraving along the edge of the blade is worn but the main part is still legible. The handle is lovely condition.
The sword is protected by its original scabbard. The scabbard has some surface rusting but is in otherwise lovely condition with no major areas of damage. it has two rings on the edge to be fastened to the wearers uniform.
~ Dimensions ~
the sword in its scabbard are a total of 46 inches (117cm)
The blade itself measures 38inches (97cm) from tip to the hilt.
~ Postage ~
Postage in the UK is £25 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.