This sword with a "Garde de Bataille" hilt could have belong to a Cuirassier Officer, Carabinier, to an
Officer of the Horseback Grenadier or Empress's Dragoons of the Imperial Guard.
The brass and leather scabbard is very similar to the second model for the Horse Grenadier trooper An XI (1802-1803).
The hilt is inspired by the old 1783 sword pattern which became fashionable again by the end of the Empire, showing a scallop shell with a large grenade.
Maybe the Mounted Grenadier officer did not appreciate the disliked Montmorency slightly curved blade fitted on the trooper sword ( check our trooper sword ).
In any case, it did belong to a Heavy Cavalry Officer from the Napoléon Army, dated from October 1811.
|!9 year old Second Lieutenant Charles Legrand killed 2 May 1908 |
in Spain during the insurrection
Museum of Los Angeles
|Grenadiers on parade|
|General d'Hautpoul by Édouard Detaille carrying a similar sword|
Marked with the manufacturer's name "Lefevre Paris". 1m17 long and weights a mighty 1.964 kg or 1.28 kg without scabbard, a heavy duty sword
Magnificent "Garde de Bataille" hilt with a Grenade, symbol for the Grenadiers guards
|Officers in marching order 1805-1814 by L Rousselot ©|
|The brass and leather scabbard is very close to the second model for the Horse Grenadier troop.|
|Scabbard tip marked "ND"|
|Cuirassier Officer carrying the same sword|
|Manufacture Impériale Klingenthal Octobre 1811. In October 1811, capitulation of the town of Sagonte and defeat of the french army to the british and spanish forces at Arroyo Molinos.|
|" Lefevre à Paris " ...Manufacturer|
Henri Lefevre was "fourbisseur" in Paris, rue Saint-Denis, not far away from the Place of Chatelet and the lovely Napoleonic Fountain.
He got separated from his wife in 1785, prior to the 1789 revolution.
In the Journal of Paris the act mentionned already as being a fourbisseur in Paris.
He might have shut down his business after 1811.
Jounal de Paris from 1785 showing Henri Lefevre address rue St Denis Paris
|Cuirassier Officer with same sword pattern|
|Cuirassiers officers and superior officer,|
|Cuirass and Helmet of Napoléon Ier 1807|
© Musée de la Légion d'Honneur Paris
Napoleon planned to equip his marshals with parade cuirass. Two prototypes were delivered to the Emperor and Marshal Berthier, shortly after Friedland victory, in June 1807.
The Emperor finding himself ridiculous, the project remained without result and the two cuirasses remained in the possession of Berthier.
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