This French infantry short sword is in excellent condition and dates to the Crimean War period (1853-1856). The Crimean Campaign saw France and the Ottoman empire allied with the United Kingdom to defeat Imperial Russia.
The heavy, 600mm curved blade has a thick, flat spine which is engraved with the armoury and date of manufacture. The hatchet point blade is in very good condition with a nice age patina. The edge has a few combat related nicks.
The ricasso bears three French inspection poincon and the obverse bears an additional stamp. The engraved spine dates the briquet to May 1854.
The blade is firm in the ribbed brass hilt. The D-guard bears an inspection poincon.
The original black leather scabbard is in overall good condition. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact and tight. The brass throat bears the stamps 21 and B and the leather has a large oval stamp with indistinct lettering. The scabbard is missing its brass foot.