online Militaria dealer - Antique-Militaria [UK]
magnify icon Search militaria Medals - Arms - Militaria
Home icon Antique Militaria Home Cart icon Cart Checkout icon Checkout about us icon About us for the SEs and the curious Site map Telephone icon Contact us People shaking hands icon Customer comments | Help
Title General's sword
Nationality Swedish
Period c 1815
Sold
 (This item is subject to special postage, click here for more information.)

This sword, with its fine gilt bronze mounts, mother-of-pearl grips and blue and gold blade, is typical of a French-inspired high-ranking officer's parade sword of the period. The monogram on the grip is that of Charles XIV (aka Marshal Bernadotte), who succeeded as king of Sweden in 1818, having been elected Crown Prince in 1810.

Marshal Bernadotte turned against Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813 and is regarded by most Frenchmen as one of their more famous turncoats! However, he was married to Desiree Clary, who was Napoleon's old mistress from his 1798 Egyptian campaign. For this Napoleon forgave him much: indecision on the battlefield and actual conspiracy against his person. This sword may well commemorate the Treaty of Kiel, 14 January 1814, when Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden, viz the Norwegian, lion axe in hand, on the top scabbard mount. On the blade there is a coat of arms including the Vasa cornsheaf, a Napoleonic eagle and a bridge with houses over a river. Perhaps this is Bernadotte's sword?

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


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

testimonials

I am just dropping your company a line to say thank you for the 2nd WW Iron Cross, that my brother has purchased off your site Thursday evening. We received it 1st class today and it is in excellent condition. Many thanks again.

J B, UK, 15.10.2005

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005

more...