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Title Pioneer sword
Nationality French
Period c 1781-92
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A classic weapon carried by Pioneer elements in European armies from the late 18th century right through to the end of the Napoleonic wars. The sappers were normally armed with one of these and an axe and, apart from their job as regimental carpenters, their vital function was to assist the storm troop element of the unit in storming villages, etc.

The Army Museum in Paris confirmed this as a Soldats Charpentiers weapon of the Swiss Regiment de Vigier, one of the 11 Swiss regiments who fought for the French.

The blade is 24.5 inches long and 2.75 inches wide at the forte and has been carefully cleaned by hand. There is evidence of light pitting on both faces of the blade, which I have deliberately left as part of the proof of its age, being reluctant to polish out every trace of this on such a rare weapon. There is a forging flaw on one side, approximately 1 x 0.5 inches. The hilt is cast brass and has considerable age patina, especially on the eagle's head.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : German : 18th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

The dirk arrived this morning and I could not be happier with it! Excellent little piece, most unusual... I look forward to doing more business with you, as finance permits; rest assured you will be highly recommended to my collecting colleagues.

C C, Australia, 15.04.2009