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Title First Empire Napoleonic infantry sword
Nationality French
Period c 1810
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This fine sword, marked 'P. Knecht, in Solingen' at the forte, was probably assembled in France using this imported blade. Knecht appears as a maker in the Solingen directories around 1810 and the family was active for the next 30 years or so. I have had similar Napoleonic swords before with this blade maker.

Alexander the Great's head on the central part of the guard proves the Napoleonic connection - it is a classical allusion which the Bourbons would have felt extremely unhappy about. It has 95% of the original blue and gilt finish to the blade and virtually all the finish to the hilt. The grip is chequered walnut and the scabbard is the original leather with a little opening at the seam for about 4" near the hilt.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : French : 19th Century]


I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005

Arrived safely. Excellent item. Really good condition. A good addition to the collection. Many thanks for a stress free transaction.

R B, UK, 17.10.2005