"Directoire" Hussar Officer Sword
- Dated: circa 1795-1800
- Culture: French
This early Napoléonic sword, known as the "Directoire" then as the "Consulat", is a typical hussar officer sword. It has a single copper branch with a lion head pommel with two languets on each side of the blade. The cross-guard or quillons end in a shape of a lion’s paw.
The scabbard is made of leather with two large copper mounts and two suspension rings. It is largely ornate with foliage and a web and shells designs. According to light cavalry habits, the steel blade is curved and also ornate with military patterns and foliage.
The letters “JSB” are engraved near the guard; they stand for “Johann Schimmelbush”, a sword maker established from 1780 to 1800 in Solingen.
- Most swords made right after the 1789 French Revolution were of poor quality.
- Napoleon reorganised the supply and later created some famous sword models such as the “AN IX” for the light cavalry.
Tsar Alexander II Presentation Sword
- Dated: 18th-19th century
- Measurements: 96 cm overall length in scabbard
The gilt bronze hilt features a Gothic style involving intertwining tendrils, dragons and a demon’s head. It has a 18th century Ottoman kilic blade of pattern-welded steel with arabesques while the wooden scabbard is covered in gold-stamped leather and mounted in gilt bronze en suite with the hilt.
This blade was given to Alfred, Count von Bassenheim by Count Alexander von Hugle, and originally presented to the Count’s ancestor, the Duke of Wurttemburg, by Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Together with its detailed handwritten provenance dated 1885 and signed by Alfred, Count von Bassenheim, Imperial Major.
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Ox-Tail Dao Sword
- Dated: circa 17th century (Qing Dynasty)
- Culture: Chinese
- Medium: steel, wood, brass
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