Lot 6311: A deluxe sword for a high-ranking officer
November 2, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Slender thrusting blade with flattened central ridge, the upper quarter on both sides etched and gilt with a tendril decor on a blued background (rubbed). Fire-gilt brass knuckle bow hilt in rich relief with a slightly curved, heart-shaped guard plate with plaited edges. The bowed guard with two artistic, fully modelled snakes twisted around each other, the pommel in the shape of a laurel-crowned ancient helmet with a lion-headed visor and doubled feather decor on the comb. The hilt is adorned with thick silver wire wrap. The leather scabbard fitted with gilt brass mountings, the locket with button and movable carry ring. The blade is stained, small blemishes on the upper surfaces of the dried leather scabbard, an old repair in the area of the chape. Partial light damage, signs of age. Length 105 cm. An exceptionally artistic and finely rendered sword, according to tradition allegedly once belonging to the personal physician of Napoleon I.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Frankreich 1. Kaiserreich