The French “Petit Montmorency” sabre was in service in the 1780s and rose in popularity during the French Revolution 1789-1799. During the Revolution these sabres were carried by most branches of the military, including local militias and were produced by many different manufacturers.
The 655mm single-edged blade has a flat spine and terminates in a double-edged hatchet point. The slightly curved blade has two narrow fullers, the shorter of the two being directly below the spine, typical of the Montmorency style. The blade is in fair to good condition with a pale patina and patches of shallow pitting, particularly at the point.
The blade retains a sharp fighting edge and has a few use-related nicks.
The barred brass guard is in good condition and is typical of the petit Montmorency style of sword with a slotted front and s-shaped side bars. There is a very slight distortion to the side bars. The brass wire bound grip is in good used condition with the original leather and woven wire binding. The blade is firm in the hilt and retains its original red material washer.
The sabre is complete with its brass mounted leather scabbard. The scabbard is in good condition for its 230 plus years of age. The brass locket and chape have use related dings and a good patina. There appears to be a period repair (or extension) to the top of the scabbard (as shown). This was very well done and is in good condition, the seams being firm and tight. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held nicely within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a rare French Revolution period sword in good condition for its age and service.
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