Mid 19th Century French Orient Cavalry Officer's
Mameluke Sabre, for sale
In very good overall condition, a rare French Mid 19th Century
Orient cavalry officer's mameluke sabre.
There is very, very little of the blade etching left, and what
there is is so feint, but the scabbard fittings, blade and hilt
give this away as an exceptionally rare Mid 19C French Orient French
Cavalry Officer's Mameluke Sabre. This one had been with an English
family for some time, but they have no idea how it came to be so.
It is possible the sabre came into British hands sometime during
the Crimean War, but we doubt it. It is unlikely to be a war trophy
as Britain did not fight any wars with France after the Napoleonic
Wars. Perhaps their ancestor was French; it is a mystery.
The 32 1/8 inch blade is in good condition, period sharpened, the
very tiniest tip missing, two period small nicks to the cutting
edge point end. Blade firm in hilt. The two ivory grip scales complete
but with age cracks and one rosette missing. The leather and brass
/ gilt metal fittings scabbard in very good shape for its age. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
We would day well above average condition, but as these sabres are
so rare, there is nothing to measure this one against. Anyway, in
very good condition for its age and such a rare sword, used by the
French in Algeria and elsewhere to devastating effect. Truly, under-priced
at just £1500. Please quote item reference O24. Further /
full sized images available upon request. Box 0187-1m (2.213).