A model 1822 sabre for drum majors of the infantry
International Orders & Military Collectibles | A89m | Live auction | 454 Lots
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DescriptionSturdy, slightly curved blade à la Montmorency, double-edged point, the back of the blade etched with maker's signature "Manuf=re R=ale de Klingenthal, Mai 1823". Gilt brass hilt (rubbed), quillons with rich relief on the obverse, in the centre Bourbon coat of arms underneath a royal crown, on the smooth reverse crowned stamp "CP", three-dimensional lion’s head at the front of the pommel, leather-covered wooden grip, intricate triple wire wrap of non-ferrous metal. Gilt brass scabbard (rubbed) with wooden centre, on the obverse four inserted rectangular fields (partly loose) amidst laurel bands, with three-dimensional trophy, palmettes, blossoms and laurel, on top of the smooth opposite side the engraved signature of the swordsmith/supplier "Manceaux a Paris", two lateral suspension hooks (distinctly rubbed), the lower end in the shape of palmettes and rosettes. Quillons and pommel somewhat loose, minor cracks in the metal sheet of the scabbard (partly soldered), traces of wear and age. Length 101 cm. Rare, particularly prestigious and completely preserved sabre of the Bourbon monarchy. Cf. Thierry de Maigret, Paris, auction of 14 October 2010, lot 366, sold for 11,000 euros.
During the Restoration period, drum majors used to wear this particular sabre model. It disappeared at the end of the Second Empire. The Paris swordsmith Manceaux produced this model 1822 – 1870. The Bourbon coat of arms on the quillons helps to place the object in the correct period. After 1830, the fleur-de-lys was replaced by the cock and in 1852 by the imperial eagle. Sabres of this model that have been preserved in pristine condition are very rare.
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