DANISH 1789 LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICERS SWORD – NAPOLEONIC PERIOD

Stock Ref: AST 1560

A rarely seen and interesting variant example of this Danish cavalry sabre with a well etched blade.

84cm (33”) slightly curved single fullered blade with flat back and semi spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 8.5”. The sword has been combat sharpened. The blade is engraved on both sides with the crowned Kalmar Union Badge depicting the arms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden above the Danish Order of the Elephant, there are also stands of arms, scrolling foliage and the word Vivat on both fortes (May he/she/it live).

Gilt brass hilt with two rounded side guards decorated with a continuous groove, the inner being smaller than the outer. Stirrup hilt with rearward facing downward quillon, brass back piece and lions head mask pommel. Polished grooved wooden grip.

Maker: Not known (There is an unidentified makers mark on the back of the blade). Swords were sourced from Solingen and Kligenthal by Danish Officers.

Dated: 1789 – 1814 (The use of the Kalmar Union Badge on Danish-Norwegian Swords was discontinued in 1814 following the loss of Sweden)

No scabbard

The sword is generally in good condition for its age and service use. The blade has an overall grey patina and has suffered some earlier rust damage which has left staining and some surface pitting towards the tip, however, the etchings remain clear and the steel flexible. The original brass wiring on the grip has been lost and there is a small chip in the wooden grip by the pommel. The grip is slightly loose on the tang due to shrinkage, and there is consequently some small movement of the hilt.

Extract from Arma-Dania (The virtual Museum of Danish Arms and Armour)

Following the introduction of the silver sabre M1789 for officers of the Royal Guards on foot and the Army Cadet Academy officers, all other officers were given permission to purchase similar sabres. These privately purchased sabres have brass hilts with a side bracket on the guard. The tang button can be completed by a smooth plate or a lion's head mask. The grip can be studded leather or polished wood with brass bands in the grooves. Blades are etched with the tripartite cabinet weapons and "VIVAT" on the blade forte. This pattern of sword remained in use by the army and local militia officers well into the 1820s

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£575.00