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    Magnificent, Massive French Officer's Short Sword Custom Crafted By Master Maker Nicholas Boutet - Versailles C. 1820. Certainly one of the most magnificent and striking swords we've ever cataloged from any country, or any period. The 19" wasp waisted blade is identical to that of the French M1816 dismounted artillery sword, with two milled 3 1/2" fullers at the base and a wider 10 1/2" fuller at the top on both sides. The blade is decorated for the lower one third of its length with delicate engraved scrolls in both of the lower fullers on both sides, with delicate geometric motifs along each edge. At the top of the fullers on both sides is an arms panoply with cannon, drum and flags. There is an engraved decorated panel on the ricasso on both sides with the reverse bearing the blade maker's logo, "Klingenthal" in script. All engraving highlighted with gilt about 50% of which remains. The blade is generally smooth and gray with some scattered areas of salt and peppering and a few scattered patches of very light pitting. Sadly, the blade being of ferrous metal, while the rest of the sword is of brass, is the only area that shows any signs of deterioration. The primary decorative theme on the sword is that of Roman Legionnaire's motifs. The brass cross guard, which is 3/8" thick, 4 1/4" wide and 1" front to back, is fabricated with three increasingly wide steps and decorated on both faces, completely from side to side, with a set of spread wings with beautifully and crisply delineated feathers. The all brass grip is a solid cast highly detailed representation of a horse's head and neck. 6" high, the horse's head 3 1/2" from muzzle to mane. The grip itself is plain, while the horse head is highly detailed with open mouth exposing teeth, nostrils, prominent blood vessels, jowls, eyes, ears and a mane that extends 2 1/2" down the back of the grip and stands 1/2" high at the top, with detailed engraving delineating the hair. Their is a semi-circular ring attached at the horse's mouth like a bit, to which is attached a double brass chain composed of alternating oval 1/2" links and circles, which attaches to the side of the guard. Hilt overall perfect.
    The scabbard is truly remarkable, 2 7/8" wide and just under 1/2" thick. The scabbard body is composed of 2" X 6" brass panels which are colored a dull black. The face of the scabbard retains 95% of this original color while the reverse on which the panels are undecorated retains about 50% of the color. There are absolutely no dents or damage of any kind anywhere on the scabbard. Each of these panels is decorated on the face with two opposing 3" long gilt brass, exquisitely cast, winged Roman Legion motifs with two lightning bolts on each side of each set of wings extending nearly to the end of the panels. The lightning bolts are tipped with arrow like points. All of the panels are surrounded by, and separated by, a 3/8" wide gilt brass frame on the front back and sides. This frame is decorated with domed copper rivets set at 3" intervals on the front, back and sides with one rivet on each cross piece which separates the panels. The scabbard drag is composed of a dark brass panel, surrounded by the same style brass frame which terminates in scrolls and is decorated with three copper rivets, on each face and on the bottom. Also affixed to both sides of the scabbard on the drag is a large gilt brass leaf with curled scrolls on either side. The reverse of the scabbard mounts a 3 1/2" long gilt brass prong for sliding over the top of the belt. The throat is gilt brass of the same gauge as the frame, and cut to precisely fit the configuration of the blade. The gilt brass overall retains 95% of the original gilding. Script engraved on the side of the scabbard, between two of the copper rivets, "Manufre Imple a Verlles Boutet / 285"
    A truly magnificent sword by any standard and a truly unique offering.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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