Scarce Bavarian M1788 Chevauleger Cavalry Officer’s Saber
Featuring lovely curved 33 1/4" single-edged blade with broad single fuller; engraved,
blued, and gilt over its upper third with floral decor, stands of arms, the crowned cypher of
Bavarian King Maximilian I Joseph (reigned 1806-1825) and maker’s name in script
“Schimmelbusch & Sohn” on the ricasso on one side and “in Solingen” on the other. The
Schimmelbusch Family of Solingen bladesmiths date back to the early 17th C and remained
in business until the end of WWII. Steel hilt with knuckle bow squared at the base, reverse
scroll quillon, and joining the capstan pommel with integral back strap; two curved
branches extending from the quillon block to the knuckle bow. Checkered ebony grip in the
French manner with fluted steel ferrule at the base. Steel scabbard with twin carry rings.
Maximilian was an ally of Napoleon when he took the throne, but on the eve of the Battle of
Leipzig he guaranteed the integrity of his kingdom through the Treaty of Reid (8 October,
1813), joining the allies opposed to Napoleon and declared war on France on 14 October,
1813. After the final fall of Napoleon, he fought fiercely for the independence of Bavaria.
Sword in very good condition with smooth blade and very minor imperfections and loss to
the blued and gilt decoration. Steel hilt with minor age staining; the wood grip near perfect.
Overall length 39", not including scabbard.