Object Title

Presentation sword

Presentation sword

Date

1810-1830

Object Number

IX.1059

Physical Description

Hilt: brass, originally gilt, three bars with a shallow cap-pommel extended to form a backstrap on the grip and having a diamond-shaped tang button, Elongated ecussons and a short and deeply downturned rear quillon with a globular finial. Grip of wood covered in fish skin and bound with copper wire.


Blade: curved, single edged with a deep, narrow fuller along the back edge and having a clipped point. The edge is badly nicked for the central one third of its length. At the forte a series of deeply etched and gilt panels containing classical ornament, an armoured figure, swords, domes and trophies. The ricasso is inscribed on one face


'Mouton Fecit' and on the other
'Bisch Sculpsit'.


On lightly etched panels between the gilded ones are, on one face, a battle scene and on the other, the inscription, now very feint,


'Felix/Noel/Pour L'hon(eur)/et - - - / E S'
The back of the blade is inscribed 'Klingenthal'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 980 mm (38.6 in), blade length: 838 mm (33 in) Weight: 965 g (2 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places France

Notes

The plain hilt is unlike most officers swords of this period and in this respect, and in its overall form, resembles that of the 'Garde Royale' and 'Regt. de Lanciers'. Likewise, the form of blade closely resembles the above. (see C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome XI fasc. 1,[1969] fig 3