Saturday, April 4, 2015

Heavy French Cavalry Sword for Chile 1891

“Heavy French Cavalry Sword for Chile 1891 Made in  Chatellerault France” 
As written on the spine of your saber, it is made at the french "Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault".
"JH" stands for Jacob Holtzer, supplier of steel. Saber exported to Chile for heavy cavalry use.
Now, the stamps could be :
"B" forJ.F.J. Beauret or J.M.Brenier,
"C" for B.F.J.Camps, L.M.E.Château, E.C.Clémenceau.
All these directors or inspectors used about the same stamps.
Nevertheless, dates of service of above people and style of the blade can narrow the production of your saber to 1891-1893.

Heavy French Cavalry Sword for Chile This heavy cavalry saber was manufactured in France. "Manufacture d'armes de Chatellerault JH” is seen on one side of ricasso. Manufacture d'armes de Chatellerault is the French state-owned weapon manufacturer in the town of Châtellerault in France. Again the JH stands for Jacob Holtzer, who supplied the steel for the blade. The blade is 33.5 inches long.

On the other side of the ricasso is a small shield divided into two fields, a five-pointed star in the center. This could be the Chilean coat of arms. Most likely, this sword was manufactured in France for export to Chile. Lots of private cutlers used blades from Châtellerault for orders from abroad.

The grip is curved and made of black hard rubber from the French Indo-China Empire of the time (French Indochina was made up of Cochin-China, Annam, Cambodia, Tonkin, Kwangchowan, and Laos. Today, the same region is the divided into the nations of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia). The grip has a finger groove, cutting technology for its day. The guard seems to be formed with sheet metal. The basket hand guard is stamped with the numbers "3" and “70."

The original steel scabbard has two stamps "B" and "C", both in circles. C in a circle = Camps 1891-1896, B in a circle = Brenier 1874-1893. This would date the sword at 1891-1893 so at 1891, your sword is 124 years old.
The full sword length is 39.5 inches, 41 inches in scabbard. French Cavalry Sword for Chile - Sword with Details: 

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Richard Abbenbroek
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