Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

French Directoire Hussar Officer Sword

  • Dated: circa 1800
  • Swordsmith: Johann Schimmelbush
  • Place of manufacture: Solingen

This is an early Napoleon period sword known as the Consulat and Directoire. It is a typical hussar officer sword. It features a single copper branch with a lion head pommel with two poor quality languets on each side of the blade. The cross-guard or quillon finishes like a lion paw.

The scabbard is in leather with two large copper mounts, and two suspension rings. It is largely ornate with foliage and web and shells designs. According to light cavalry habits, the steel blade is curved and ornate with military patterns and foliage. Near the guard is engraved "JSB" standing for the name of the sword maker.

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