Circa 1791 / Louis XVI French General Officer's
In good overall condition, a rare Louis XVI era French general's
sword with blue and gilt etching.
Very rare; first we have ever seen. The knights head pommel is
indicative of the troubled French revolutionary times of 1789 to
1792; who knows, it may even have been present at the arrest and
/ or execution of King Louis XVI and / or Marie Antoinette! The
special heart / boat shaped guard and elaborate quillon / cross
bar show this sword was for a general staff officer.
The 33 inch blade with some blue and gilt etch remaining is in
overall good condition and firm in the hilt; there is an unrecognized
mark to the blade's spine which we believe is the mark of the fourbisseur
(sword maker). Hilt / guard in good shape, some gilt remaining.
The exceptionally well made silver wire grip and Turk's Heads ferrules
speak of quality.
Find another if you can! Well under-priced at only £? (too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference number M87 (1290).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.