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19th Century French Ambassador's Smallword

S000003_French_Ambassador_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 French Second Empire
Min/Max date1 1851-12-02 - 1870-09-04 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 France Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit2 Ambassador / Grand Chambellan
Owner1
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Cannes encheres
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 Jul 19 2014, lot 98
Hilt type1 Pierced shell Original owner1 Eugene Marie Cor
Grip form1 Octogonal flat
Pommmel type1 Coat of arms and crown Condition1 Very Good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2015-01-11
Information source 1 Author 2 J.Lhoste EPeF
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 92.1 36.26 76.5 30.12 77.5 30.51
Max width(cm/In)1 10.60 4.17 1.40 0.55 2.18 0.86
Max thickness(cm/In)1 3.90 1.54 0.80 0.31 1.88 0.74
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.54 0.21 1.08 0.43
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.35 0.14 0.81 0.32
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.91 0.36 1.32 0.52
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.54 0.21 0.91 0.36
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Hollow triangle Rounded triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Hollow triangle Rounded triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.36 0lb 13oz -- -- 0.07 0lb 2oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Mother of pearl Steel Black leather
Bronze -- Bronze
Gilding -- --
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Features1 Imperial coat of arms Acid etching Flowers
Crown Floral design Arabesque
Floral design Spear --
Fruits 8 mm ricasso --
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Marks1 -- Antlered animal/bee hive --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 Eugene-Marie COR, plenipotentiaire
Information source 1 Author
This sword was once owned by Eugene-Marie COR, attached to the French direction of consulates under the Second Empire. E-M Cor was born on June 27th, 1843 in Constantinople and died on June 26th, 1924 in Brest, 29200, Finistere, Bretagne, FRANCE, at the age of 80.

This sword is very similar to the presented on page 400 of Jean Lhoste's book 'Epees portees en France de l'origine a nos jours'. He presents it as the sword of the Lord Great Chamberlain of Napoleon III's civil house. The was, however but a single such person, from 1853 to 1870 : Napoleon Maret (1803-1898), duke of Bassano.

I have found other references to such swords on the internet (sales at Drouot and Beauvais encheres). They were listed either as 'court swords' or as that of officers of the civil house of Napoleon III.

Notice the tang button in the form of an Emperor's crown. This is replaced by another type of crown on this, very similar, sword. Looking at pictures from Empress Eugenie's crown, it seems that this could be a depiction of the later.

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