A Grenadier Officer Sword, France
A very fine French Grenadier High rank officers sword with original scabbard. Dating from the early part of the Napoleon II period. The sword has a bronze hilt with a decorative guard depicting a burning grenade wich is the symbol of the grenadiers, surrounded by oakleaves and an acorn shaped thumbrest. The knuckleguard is ending in a lion’s head fitted to the revited pommel. the handle is made of ebony and the blade is single edged with a thick spine on the upper section of the blade. Both sides of the blade are blued, engraved and gilded. The blade has a fuller on both sides going up to the middle of the blade where is shapes into a fine flexible fencing blade. There is no maker’s mark on the blade, but it bares the initials I.S.S.B and the Solingen Rose is engraved on the spine. The leather scabbard has a matching scabbardmouth with a fleur de lis hanger. The tip of the scabbard is made of brass.
Condition: Excellent, de guard had originally been gilded, but there is ware on the gilt due to it’s age. The blade has traces of age, but can be considered very well preserved. The scabbards tip is slightly loosen, but really not an issue.
Total length: 98.5cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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