Antique FRENCH Military Style LIGHT CAVALRY Saber with FLUTED HORN GRIP
With BRASS HILT and “Crown/1 inside a shield”
Here we present an antique French Military Style Light Cavalry Saber manufactured circa the mid to late 1800s. Production of this sword began in July of 1823 with little variation over the years, with slight modifications occurring in 1851, and again in 1922.
On January 18, 1822, the Committee of cavalry decide unanimously in favor of a curved sword for the entire cavalry. The French light cavalry consisted of about 21,000 troops in 1845, 30,000 in 1856, 18,000 in 1870 and 28,000 in 1914. The model 1822 light cavalry was used by all these horsemen in European conflicts and overseas, including Crimea, Mexico, and North Africa. From the jungles of Indochina to the burning sands of the Sahara, and to the bloody trenches of the First World War, this sword served France and her empire for almost 150 years.
The overall condition is good. Overall length of this sword is 36-3/4 inches and the blade measures 31 inches with an indecipherable inscription on the spine. It sports a brass hilt and a fluted horn grip. Oxidized blade. This example has maintained a solid grip, but the hand guard has a bit of wiggle.
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Overall condition as seen in photos.
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