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Thread: Better ID of a Coulaux 1853(?) sword

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    Better ID of a Coulaux 1853(?) sword

    Resurfacing after some time of life getting in the way of sword collecting...

    Just bought the following at a local auction.

    In Googling away at it, I found something very similar-- but not exact-- labeled as an 1853/1872 military justice officer police sword. I've seen a number that are similar in shape, but not much with the vine pattern in the grip or the particular design in the "clamshell" (sword has no hinge, one "clam" half is much smaller than the other).

    Any clues as to what I've got?

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    Good evening David,
    Could you please post a photo of the decor of the clam shell ?
    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Better?

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    Good afternoon David,
    You have a French sword based on the model 1816 issued to a "Fonctionnaire militaire des Colonies" (Colonial military functionary) around 1883.
    Could you please post the exact engraving of Coulaux ? this would permit to narrow the date of manufacture.
    Dan

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    Thank you, Dan!

    I am always impressed at the amount of relatively obscure information people here are able to dig up (as I slowly amass my own pile of obscure information so as to one day be able to return the favor...).

    Sword has some rust, and it is a bit obscured, but here is the best I could do in a hard-to-photograph place:

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    Good evening David,
    This script was in use in 1865.
    Best,
    Dan

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    Thanks again!

    (And happy birthday, a few days in advance, BTW.)

    I'll be truly concerned if you can answer the last question-- how did it come to be sold in Chicago along with a pair of old machetes, a filet knife, and a rather substantial Vietnam-era bowie?

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    Good question David....
    My crystal ball remains cloudy.
    And thanks for your birthday wishes....I qualify for a few discounts here and there.
    Dan

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