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French Senior Officerís Sword, ca. 1815-1830
Finely crafted sword dating to the late First Empire or early Restoration Period. Cast gilded bronze hilt featuring down-curved shell guard depicting an eagle and stand of arms; integral knucklebow with acanthus and lion head decoration; integral curved pommel with acanthus and classical decoration. Fluted mother-of-pearl grip plates with a monogrammed "M" escutcheon in gilded bronze on the obverse face. Hollow-ground triangular-section 29" blade, engraved, blued, and gilt over the upper third and bearing the makerís mark "C.L.K." inside a decorative gilt frame. Original black leather scabbard with gilded and engraved brass throat and frog button; later brass chape decorated ensuite. Very good plus condition, retaining 95%+ original gilding; minor wear and fading to the blue and gilt on the blade. Overall length 33 Ĺ". Rare decorative sword made for a senior officer of an aristocratic family.
SS1439 $1595 SOLD
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