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    Scarce Bavarian M1788 Chevauleger Cavalry Officer’s Saber

    Scarce Bavarian M1788 Chevauleger Cavalry Officer’s Saber

    $1,500 (approx conversion from £1095)

    Item details

    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.

    19th Century


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