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    Identification of a manufacturer on a sabre de chasseur à cheval 1790

    Can someone identify this manufacturer on the hilt of a sabre de chasseur à cheval 1790. Also present on the hilt is the coq poinçon. On the ricasso one sees the faisceaux de licteur together with the poinçons of Bisch and MK, which are correct for the period.

    LIGEE or LA(N)GRE(S) or ...

    I don’t find him in the books of Pétard and Lhoste.

    Thanks for your help.
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    It may be Pierre-Ambrose Liger (Ligee), a fourbisseur at 192 rue Coquillière in Paris, per the Who's Who of the French Army, 1350-1790. The name appears on weapons for about 50 years, though the source is uncertain whether it was one individual or a father/son team. The earliest instance appears to have been in 1757.

    Langres is shown in the same source, and the example referenced is a m/1790 Chasseur a Cheval sabre.
    Last edited by Mark Cain; 10-31-2019 at 03:51 PM.

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    Yes, both are mentioned in “Armes blanches - Symbolisme, Inscriptions, Marquages, Fourbisseurs, Manufactures” by Jean Lhoste.

    LIGEE or LA(N)GRE(S) or ...

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    Langres was the signature of the cutlery town of Langres (Haute-Mame) which apparently converted during the revolutionary period to the making of swords.

    I'd put my money on Liger.

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