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French Made Belgian Smallsword

S000121_French_made_Belgian_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_

Data

Period1 19th Century
Min/Max date1 1870-01-01 - 1899-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Belgium Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Limoges Enchères
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 June 10 2017
Hilt type1 Pierced shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Elliptical
Pommmel type1 Globular, pearls Condition1 Very Bad
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2017-09-18
Information source 1 Author 2 Source
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 92.6 36.46 77.4 30.47 0.0 0.00
Max width(cm/In)1 11.10 4.37 1.94 0.76 0.00 0.00
Max thickness(cm/In)1 3.90 1.54 1.07 0.42 0.00 0.00
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.55 0.22 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.33 0.13 0.00 0.00
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.02 0.40 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.63 0.25 0.00 0.00
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Hollow triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Hollow triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.43 0lb 15oz -- -- 0.00 0lb 0oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Wood Steel --
Brass -- --
Gold paint -- --
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Features1 Belgian coat of arms 9 mm ricasso --
Grapes -- --
Floral design -- --
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Marks1 -- -- --
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Hilt inscription1 L'union fait la force
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
This is a perfect example of a sword renovated by someone who hadn't a clue about what he was doing.

The basic wooden replacement grip has been mounted sideways (with the gilt metal in front and back in stead of left and right), the blade has been mounted backwards (with the top of the triangular section to the rear, which might be right for a left-handed sword, but is most certainly an error here) and the gilding probably replaced by paint.

However, I still find this sword interesting as it sports the Belgian moto while the whole piece is clearly of French design.

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