~ Prussian 1811 Pattern Mounted Artillery/Light Dragoon ‘Bluchersabel’ Sabre ~
Due to the catastrophic defeat of the Prussian armies by the French in Iena and Auerstadt in 1806, Prussia was severely restricted in its military and industrial production and depended a lot on British help.
Because all the weapons factories in the region were under the French control the new M1811 sabre had to be manufactured in England until early 1814.
A number of 16,000 sabres were exported from Britain in order to equip the Prussian Army. We believe that our example serial numbered ‘828’ on the edge of the ricasso is part of that lot, as the later, German made examples, are stamped with ‘Solingen’ marks.
The guard of the sabre is marked ‘A.M. XVII 2.00’ meaning Artillerie Munitions 17 (Prussian Mounted Battery 17).
The 17th was formed from the remains of the 32rd Battery in April 1815, equipped with conquered guns and howitzers and assigned to the VI army corps.
The grip is made of wood covered in black leather.
The scabbard, like all the other examples of the A.M. yet found the numbers of the sword and scabbard mismatch, having to do probably with the ‘recycling’ of these swords over the service years.
The scabbard has a number of serial numbers, most of them cancelled in order to be stamped with a new one.
The first mark was an active service one ‘3 A.F 2.76’ (3rh Foot Artillery).
The other two are reservist marks ‘R J.M. 10.65’ and ‘R.B.C. 7.81’.
The last serial number assigned to the piece reads ‘O.A. 3’.
An arsenal serial number ‘431’ can be seen on one of the scabbard’s suspension ring holster.
The marks on the chape are not visible anymore.
~ Dimensions ~
The blades length is 32.5 inches (82.5 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 37.5 inches (95.3 cm).
The overall length of the sword and scabbard is 38.5 inches (97.7 cm).
It weighs 2.2 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade has a fair amount of small nicks on the edge but it remains rust free.
The hilt developed some amount of rust and the leather of the grip aged.
The scabbard has developed some amount of rust and pitting.
The suspension rings of the scabbard are both present.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the sword can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.