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Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
X.99ab
Date: 
1770-1800
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ebony, enamel, gilding; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/8 in. ( 82.6 x 12.7 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "Coulaux Freres" etched: on reverse of blade below hilt: "Manufacture / Nationale / De / Klingenthal"
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with a broad fuller running from hilt to point and a narrow fuller that is almost as long; etched decoration on gilding and blue enamel covers about 9 inches of blade below hilt on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with ebony grip carved with diagonal ribbing; long curved quillon with molded cable motif on either side and ornamental knob finial on oval base; knuckle-bow, which is also decorated with cable motif, is separated from quillon on either side by a rectangular panel with wreath enclosed in a diamond-shaped frame and a shield-shaped langet with feather motif that extends downward from base of panel over top of blade; four-sided pommel with slightly curved top with incised floral decoration; leather scabbard with brass mount at throat with shield-shaped frog stud and brass tip with ornate emblem consisting of a wreath bound to a wooden club and several tree branches molded in relief.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is described as a "French military officer's saber" in the accession records. A similar saber is described and pictured in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (plate 37, fig. 3).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group