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Old 30th January 2021, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default French sabre for comments

Any apreciation is welcome! its light as a feather!
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Old 31st January 2021, 05:30 AM   #2
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Cool! Looks very Hussar-like to me. I'm not much up on French late 18-early 19c sabres, so Others I am sure can pin it down. Klingenthal made the best blades at the time, and I've heard British officers would frequently pick up a no longer operational opponent's Klingenthal sword to use in place of his own.
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Old 31st January 2021, 06:56 AM   #3
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Sabre d'Officier de Cavalerie legère M an XI, light cavaly officer sabre model year 11
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Old 31st January 2021, 08:48 AM   #4
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Or even M an IX?
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Old 31st January 2021, 01:56 PM   #5
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The "Coulaux Freres a Klingenthal" corresponds to the post-napoleonic period.

More accurate dating can be done based on the stamps on the blade and on the hilt... if any.
However, if there are any stamps on the ricasso they may be masked by the langets.
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Old 31st January 2021, 03:02 PM   #6
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Sorry, but Coulaux Frères took this name at the 21st of april 1801, so the sabre has been made clearly in the Napoleonic aera!
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Old 31st January 2021, 03:58 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by corrado26
Sorry, but Coulaux Frères took this name at the 21st of april 1801, so the sabre has been made clearly in the Napoleonic aera!


I agree this is a Napoleonic era model "An XI" light cavalry sword but...

1. The swords made during Napoleonic era were generally marked with "Manuf. Imp. ..." or different alternative shortenings for the imperial manufacture. The Coulaux brothers didn't sign in their own name until much later.

2. If I remember correctly this model was produced until about 1822 when it was replaced with a new one, with a more elaborate hilt.

From "Armes Blanches" by Lhoste and Buigne, it appears this marking was used after Napoleonic era (see pages 231-234).

See also the article by Mr. Jean Bink.

http://users.skynet.be/euro-swords/klingenthal.htm

So my guess is that it was made sometime between 1815 and 1822.

Anyhow, the stamps on the ricasso and hilt should allow a more accurate dating.


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Old 31st January 2021, 05:05 PM   #8
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Hello,

Tks for all the comments.

From what I know it's napoleonic, I also have another one with similar model but more precious.
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