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  1. The flat bar construction of the basket would...

    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...
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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...
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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...
  7. 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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    I have a similar one for sale right now. George...

    I have a similar one for sale right now. George IV and hybrid sergeant blade. Mine is peened.
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    It is not a supplier, but rather the fourbisseur,...

    It is not a supplier, but rather the fourbisseur, or cutler, who is responsible for assembling swords onto his own hilts. I don't think Manceaux did much business outside of France, at least not for...
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    The name on the hilt is that of Manceaux, a very...

    The name on the hilt is that of Manceaux, a very high end fourbisseur who created most of the early to mid 19th century patterns of French sabres.
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    As Victor said it seems inspired at least by the...

    As Victor said it seems inspired at least by the Swiss sabre but in a French style. I would say it is possibly a faintaisie sabre for a french officer in the 1882 style. There was a lot of variation...
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    There are tons of small museums with very niche...

    There are tons of small museums with very niche collections. I am thinking of the various clock museums around the world that are maintained by a few hardcore volunteers. They receive fairly small...
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    Exactly. This is what people realized a few...

    Exactly. This is what people realized a few decades back and why these types of displays are rarely seen today. There are no boring stories, just boring ways to tell them. This is the same reason why...
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    Hi Will- no idea as I never worked with them. I...

    Hi Will- no idea as I never worked with them. I won't deny that the interest over Arms and Armour in non specialized museums has been rather dilluted, but I will answer to this: so has the visitors'!...
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    Part of my collection is currently on exhibit at...

    Part of my collection is currently on exhibit at the Pointe à Callières Museum in Montreal. A very positive experience so far.

    As a museum professional, I will only say one thing: If you want your...
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    The deterioration of the guard might be caused by...

    The deterioration of the guard might be caused by bronze disease. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_disease
  18. http://www.bertrand-malvaux.com/en/p/23330/sabre-t...

    http://www.bertrand-malvaux.com/en/p/23330/sabre-troupe-de-cavalerie-legere-modele-1822-restauration-troisieme-republique.html
  19. Very different from the typical French scabbards,...

    Very different from the typical French scabbards, even the leather or canvas covered ones. This looks very British. Interesting find!
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    Careful with ammonia around brass, as it can...

    Careful with ammonia around brass, as it can create stress franctures.
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    Here are pictures of the one I currently have....

    Here are pictures of the one I currently have. You can see the rack number underneath the quillon.

    153401
    153402
    153403
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    I have seen a few - and own one - George IV with...

    I have seen a few - and own one - George IV with this type of blade. So it was clearly in use well before the 1860s.
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    I would advise against using any type of oil....

    I would advise against using any type of oil. These leathers have acclimated to the conditions they are in, and oiling them could do more harm than good.
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    There is a very dated but concise study on...

    There is a very dated but concise study on dueling in Canada (in French only) right here: http://collections.banq.qc.ca/bitstream/52327/2022971/1/411439.pdf

    This is where the number 300 comes...
  25. I was looking at The Last Stand painting, and...

    I was looking at The Last Stand painting, and wondering if this is the type of sabre carried by the man on the left.
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