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    Question Unusual Sword, PDL + French

    Guys: I found this recently. Hessian hilt, with French Epee blade. Scabbard for transport only, to prevent damage.

    Blade is 34" long, Basket is Hessian, grip is ebony with wire, now gone, in the French style.

    The trade mark, helmet with sword is P. D. Lunenschloss, but the initials on this mark are not "P D L"

    Looks like F B & ? (illegible due to pitting)

    What do you guys think this is??

    Dale
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    That's actually the stamp of French retailer F. Delacour (from 1837) who, in 1860 or so, joined with Backes to form Delacour and Backes (until 1890). Lunenschloss and Delacour both used the Grecian helmet in their stamps.

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    Mark: Thanks! Now what is the sword model?? I am mystified by the design...

    Dale

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    Can you post a shot of the basket face-on? My Hessian sabre is stepped at the pommel with a curved blade, while this one has a pommel and backstrap that is more characteristic of the French m/1882 for Infantry officers.

    . . . and the grip looks more like horn, which is also very French.

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    Lightbulb French/Hessian Pattern

    Mark: Here are two shots of the basket and the crest.

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    BTW: Ebony not horn...The local musical instrument guy has scrap for me to repair the grip!!

    Dale

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    It resembles the Swiss infantry 1899 design, but they had steel guards with Swiss cross on them, and handles with fishskin, not ebony..

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    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 in what officers carried during the Third Republic.

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    I like the monogram "C E" for Carl Eichorn...

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    Fellows: I found the correct scabbard, pix will be posted later.

    Dale

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