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Title Light cavalry sword
Nationality Belgian
Period 1875
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Based on the 1822 French light cavalry sabre, it is certainly as well made, if not better. The lion of Brabant (a Belgian regional device) is stamped into the knuckle bow (an ordnance stamp of some sort?). The Belgians, independent only since 1830, would have had a small army at this time, thus these swords are comparatively rare.

The EPNS finish might suggest that this sword belonged to a senior NCO.

It has a nickel plated scabbard, solid brass guard and pommel. The blade is 92 cm long, with an 18 cm double-edged point, unlike the US and French examples with their single leading edge. The blade is 3 cm wide at the forte. There are numerous inspectors' poincons stamped throughout, on blade and mounts, with '1875' stamped on the ricasso. The only fault I can find is the poor condition of the leather binding on the back and reverse side of the grip. In addition there is some very minor wear to the EPNS finish, chiefly at the base of the scabbard. The blade would appear unsharpened except for the spear point section. The grip wire is original.

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


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