French Model 1829 Mounted Artillery Troopers Sabre. Crimean War. Chatellerault 1854

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This excellent French Mle 1829 mounted artillery trooper’s sabre was made in 1854, during the Crimean War. The Crimean War (Oct 1853 to Feb 1856) saw the French, British and Turkish forces pitted against the Imperial Russian army and is famous for the tragic charge made by the British light brigade. Given its date of manufacture, it is likely that this sabre saw action in the Crimea.

The 805mm curved blade has a flat spine and a narrow hatchet point. A broad single fuller runs below the spine, ending 160mm from the point. The single-edged blade is in excellent condition and the spine is clearly engraved with the date of manufacture and Chatellerault armoury details. The sword was made in February 1854, three months after the start of the Crimean war.

The ricasso of the blade is stamped with two Chatellerault inspection poincon.

The brass hilt has a single knuckle bow with a thick disk quillon. The leather wrapped grip retains its twisted brass wire with loss of the final two turns. The knuckle bow is stamped with various issue numbers and inspection marks. The blade is firm in the hilt.

The sabre is complete with its correct plated iron scabbard with twin suspension rings. The first suspension ring is faintly stamped with an issue number although this is mostly obscured by pitting to the ring. The mouth of the scabbard bears worn inspection stamps. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This is a very good example of a French mounted artillery troopers' sabre from the period of the Crimean conflict.


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