A very nice example of a Napoleonic era stirrup guard sword C-1800.
French Napoleonic Era Finance Officer’s Sword, Circa 1800 give or take a few years. I have not been able to find this sword to give a proper dating, but going by style and the information given by the seller.
This 4 branch stirrup guard sword, has fine gilt brass hilt and mounts, with gilt twisted grip wire. A somewhat oval guard base, with a simple quillion. Most of the original gilt remains on the sword. The pommel has a crudely fashioned diamond shaped capstan. The blade with slight curve is 29.5 inches long; with a double fuller blade that is blued and etched with gold accent for the first 9 3/4 inches from the hilt. The left side bears the engraved inscription, ” JE SACRIFIE MA VIE POUR LA PATRIE,” translating to be, “I sacrifice My Life For The Homeland. The rest of the etching is in florals and simple geometric designes. A good amount of fire blue and gilt remain on both sides and the on the rib of the blade. A red wool washer is present at the hilt/ricasso. There are some areas of blemishing on the bright sections of the blade, and some small rust areas, but minor. There are some light streaks on the tip of blade from a cleaning done some time ago, but light and does not detract from the appearance.
The leather scabbard is complete without breaks to stitching. A good amount of the original leather fine has flaked away and exposing the sub-surface leather. All firm and in no danger of breaking. The ring mounts have some minor dings, and more patina build up on the drag (which has a shell design at the base).
A pleasing design in overall very good – fine condition for its age.