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Physical Description

Hilt: brass, of half basket formed by a knuckle guard integral with a solid stool which has three branches with globular roots arising from it and which converge and join the knuckle guard approximately 15mm below the cap pommel. The rear of the stool is downturned towards the blade.
pommel: has a cusped lower edge and a slight extension at the rear and has a semi-ovoid tang button.
grip: is of wood cut with a deep spiral fluting covered with leather and originally having a double strand twisted brass wire binding, only a short strand of which now remains. It inclines slightly forward at the pommel.

Blade: straight, single edged, with two equal wide fullers on each side. The back of the blade is inscribed

'Manufacture na'le du Klingenthal Couloux freres Entrep'rs'


Dimensions: overall length: 1123 mm (44.2 in), blade length: 970 mm (38.2 in) Weight: 1.334 kg (2 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the guard:1. 'B' within a circle of dots and below it2. 'M' surmounted by a florette or a sun.On the blade, outside rear fuller towards the hilt: the same as on the knuckle guard but the second mark partly illegible.


Places France

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, pl. 87c and p. 32.


This sword would appear to be a transitional or upgraded pattern incorporating the hilt of the model An IX (1801), evidenced by the branches of the guard joining the main guard below the pommel, and the blade of the model An XI (1802) as evidenced by the inscription 'na le' in abbreviation of 'nationale'.see C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome [II], fasc. 2, fig(s).1, 5, 8