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Sherifean Guard's Sword

S000004_Sherifean_Guard_Sword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 19th Century
Min/Max date1 1866-01-01 - 1899-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Maghreb Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Officer of the Sherifean guard's sword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Cavalry Reference1 --
Outfit1 Sherif's guard
Owner1
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Auctionart Remy Le Fur et ass.
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 Jun 29 2013, Lot 13
Hilt type1 Pierced Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Ergonomical
Pommmel type1 Flower Condition1 Very Good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Double edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2015-01-24
Information source 1 Author
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 95.8 37.72 81.0 31.89 87.1 34.29
Max width(cm/In)1 13.10 5.16 2.92 1.15 4.35 1.71
Max thickness(cm/In)1 10.40 4.09 0.76 0.30 2.28 0.90
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.61 0.63 1.02 0.40
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.31 0.12 2.06 0.81
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 2.24 0.88 2.62 1.03
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.50 0.20 1.39 0.55
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Lentil. 2 fullers Ellipse
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Lentil. 3 fullers Ellipse
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.89 1lb 15oz -- -- 0.36 0lb 13oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Horn (brown) Steel Metal
Bronze Nickel coating Nickel coating
Nickel plating -- --
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Features1 Sherif's arms 3 fullers 2 loose rings
Ecu ? -- Symetrical shoe
Clover -- Plants
Shell -- Scrolls
Flowers -- Pearls
Tresse silver thread (2*2) -- --
Marks1 -- Manufacture St Etienne --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
This sword was sold as that of a sherifean guard.

It is very similar to the one presented by Jean Ondry's on page 78 of his book 'Sabres francais de la IIIeme republique'. That sword, which has a brass mount instead of an iron one, is descibed as an officer's sword from the Algerian tirailleurs. It is derived from the French zouave's sword.

This example is even more exuberant, due to the very busy scabbard. However, the scabbard seems to be made for a 5cm longer blade. The blade, contrary to that of Ondry's example, is not marked as originating from Chattellerault, but from Saint-Etienne.

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