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    Hello, This sword was made in November 1812 at...

    Hello,

    This sword was made in November 1812 at Klingenthal factory (France).
  2. Thread: French Epee

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    Done

    Done
  3. Thread: French Epee

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    The C and G stamps with the Couleaux & Cie would...

    The C and G stamps with the Couleaux & Cie would indicate a date of around 1895.
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    This looks like a franken sword. The pommel looks...

    This looks like a franken sword. The pommel looks like it was taken from a French sabre or sword, and does not fit the bareness of the rest of the guard.

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    The scabbard seems very British to me, as does...

    The scabbard seems very British to me, as does the grip style. Maybe its me, but the sword also seems very small. Could it be a child's sword?
  6. Thread: small swords

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    I find it is very hard to try and assign a...

    I find it is very hard to try and assign a nationality to smallswords, as the styles all over Western Europe tended to copy what was done in France for most of the 18th century.
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    The same in France, as MBE is also active there...

    The same in France, as MBE is also active there and the choice of more and more auction houses. I received a sabre a few months ago that was shipped in a box 3 times its size, with double carboard....
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    What model was it on? By the 1830s onward you had...

    What model was it on? By the 1830s onward you had Châtellerault which was the main official factory, followed by St Etienne who handled mostly bayonets. Versailles, Maubeuge and Charleville were by...
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    This was a common practice for a long time to...

    This was a common practice for a long time to reuse old sabres and swords as theather props, apparently. In fact, a lot of the "battle damage" we can find on swords today are most likely due to...
  10. Thread: french bayonet

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    Just a note, this style of bayonet was officially...

    Just a note, this style of bayonet was officially called a "baionnette-sabre". I don't know when the "yataghan" term became a thing, but it is never heard of in 19th century sources.
  11. Thread: British Sword..

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    Would it be possible that this blade was bought...

    Would it be possible that this blade was bought pre-war, as was often the case with retailers stockpiling, and then inserted into a GVI hilt later on?
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    I would be curious to see the rationale for...

    I would be curious to see the rationale for identifying this one to Prussia. Lion pommels like these, and even more so paired with a sabre blade seem to have been quite a tradition in Switzerland....
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    Hello Morgan,

    This is a nice côte de melon, quartier d'orange sabre or 1800 type. It isn't clear where the style started, but it seems like it was inspired by presentation sabres made for soldiers...
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    I have seen a few of those in France reffered to...

    I have seen a few of those in France reffered to as Swiss sabres.


    https://www.thierrydemaigret.com/lot/93553/9234571
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    We usually say 1882, but that is much more...

    We usually say 1882, but that is much more complicated than that. 1822s that were not transformed to straight sabres in 1883 only transferred to one ring in 1887, while the gendarmerie did so in 1888.
  16. As mentioned, make sure that the active rust is...

    As mentioned, make sure that the active rust is removed and that the metal is correctly dried before applying. Rust can still form under the wax if enough hydrocarbons are left underneath.
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    François-Louis Henry was the entrepreneur at Châtellerault from 1866 to 1888. Châtellerault was owned by the French government, but it was managed by a private entrepreneur. This entrepreneur was...
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    The flat bar construction of the basket would indicate late 19th century IMHO. Earlier examples tend to have more rounded lines and thinner bars.
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    I recently sold a sergeant blade with the quill...

    I recently sold a sergeant blade with the quill point that had remants of etchings on the blade. This made me think that perhaps a lot more of these blades were originally etched, but due to their...
  20. Thread: Donkey Foot?

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    Vocabulary changed in the past and can change...

    Vocabulary changed in the past and can change again, just look at broadsword or claymore, two terms that were widely used to name certain swords and with a bit of a push from a small community...
  21. Thread: Donkey Foot?

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    Actually, this is a confusion that seems to have...

    Actually, this is a confusion that seems to have entered collectors vocabulary in the late 19th century. Pas d'âne does not refer to the rings, but to the shape of the guard which is similar to a...
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    An adjudant, by that time, is part of the highest...

    An adjudant, by that time, is part of the highest rank of sous-officier (which you could translate as NCO). They are more or less like Commonwealth warrant officers, but not really like those of the...
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    I love these 1845s. Châtellerault apparently produced better quality blades and were regarded as such in this era, the price also reflected this. But interestingly, they are rarely found on officer...
  24. Just a note: this is not etched but engraved.

    Just a note: this is not etched but engraved.
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    They were carried mostly by grenadiers, light...

    They were carried mostly by grenadiers, light infantry, NCOs and elite regiments. Mostly troops that could find themselves in melee combat before they could fix their bayonets. As with most swords...
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