December 15, 2020 Edged Weapons, Armor & Militaria
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A slotted-hilt, short saber with stirrup-shaped guard of brass, with brass backstrap ending in a flat-capped pommel with diamond capstan for blade, and spiral-grooved, wooden grip wrapped with leather and twisted wire in the channels, commonly called “les Montmorency” form. It has a slightly-curved, 30 in. L blade with single, wide fuller most of its length and a 15 in. L narrow fuller or blood groove, centered on the blade just below the spine ending in front where the 7 in. false edge begins. This form of hilt had become popular by c. 1780, but the folding, slotted side-guard as seen on this specimen seems to have been an addition to the original form beginning c. 1785-1790. The folding-guard saber was quite popular among French infantry and naval officers during the Revolutionary and Consular period and copied by other European makers. CONDITION: the blade has moderate to heavy pitting from the tip inwards some four inches, while the folding guard is missing about ½ inch of its scallop-edged, outer bar near the counterguard; the spring-locking pin for the side-guard’s open position is now missing from the inside of the counterguard. Provenance: deaccessioned from the Anderson House Museum, The Society of the Cincinnati. JLK

Item Dimensions: L: 36"
Blade Length
29 - 7/8"
Overall Length
35 - 1/4"
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $492.00
Estimate: $500 - $900
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
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