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Sword w/belt and scabbard

Object Number: 
1923.73a-c
Date: 
1815-1830
Medium: 
Steel, brass; leather brass; leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 1 in. ( 77.2 x 13 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade near hilt: "PRADIER" stamped: on reverse of blade near hilt: "L" with star above stamped: on reverse of counter-guard: "BB / 817" stamped: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "50" ink stamped: on inside of belt: "ROUGET"
Description: 
Sword with heavy, curved, single-edged steel blade and brass hilt cast in one piece; C-shaped knuckle-bow, narrow counter-guard, curved quillon with globular finial, ridged grip, domed pommel, and backstrap; leather scabbard with brass throat with rectangular loop on obverse and brass tip with flattened ball finial; white leather shoulder belt with holster (frog) pierced for frog stud.
Gallery Label: 
This example is described as a French Infantry sword in the accession records, an identification based on illustrations in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 130).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles M. Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group