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Thread: Napoleonic French Infantry Officer Epee' with interesting makers mark.

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    Napoleonic French Infantry Officer Epee' with interesting makers mark.

    I recently acquired a French Infantry Officer Epee' with what looks like a older/heirloom blade mounted on it. It has has a mark similar to an anchor on it. Can anyone till me if they have seen it before? I looked thru what books I have and couldn't find it. Please let me know what you think. The "Anchor" mark is the 2nd link.

    http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...ers%20epee.jpg

    http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...20epee%204.jpg

    http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...20epee%202.jpg

    http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...20epee%203.jpg
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    Morgan your links do not work. Get a move on buddy I want to see the heirloom blade.
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    Well SFI doesn't let me upload photo's anymore because they're too big and Photobucket now wants me to pay them $400.00 to have 3rd party hosting. I'll have to figure it out later. Must eat dinner.
    Last edited by morgan butler; 09-18-2017 at 07:20 PM.
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    Here is the actual Ebay link to it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/France-Napol...p2047675.l2557
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    Morgan take a look at these threads and follow links on anchor marks. Eric

    http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showth...?t=5453&page=3
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    It is a marriage, hard to say how long ago.

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    Sorry for my lack of response to my own thread. I had a bunch of "life stuff" occur and got distracted.
    Eric, thank you for the links. It does appear to be a decorative/talismanic type marking. Maxime says he has seen it on several 17th century blades.

    Glen, it does indeed seem a "marriage." The weld at the pommel seems plenty old and the blade suits the hilt very well as far as balance. It does seem plausible to me that a French line office wanted a stouter type blade than the usual slender spadroon or triangular type blade that one mostly finds on this type of hilt.
    Though this hilt in itself is a little different from other examples I have seen in books/interenet.
    Thanks for your replies, Guys!
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    I have quite a few heirloom and trasitional blades. It is my belief many are rehilts. A good blade was a prize commodity. Most excellent sword Captain Morgan.
    The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." --- Tench Coxe

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