"Old knife, saber, sword, gun, military antique"

The French specialist antique weapons


In the middle of the eighteenth century, the sword has reached its ultimate evolution stage. In battle, it gives less satisfaction with opponents who have adopted the sword. The sword weakens, thins, staying only own fencing thrusting, becoming more decorative, it is of luxurious materials.
Beyond the tool it is supposed to remain, it approaches the work of art, an expression of the virtuosity of the craftsman who fashioned. If at the end of the eighteenth century, the sword must be still somewhat functional, it mainly reflects the social status of its owner, civil or military .

Antique saber

Came in the course of the eighteenth century the confines of Europe, while in contact with the Turks, the saber will supplant the sword. His single-edged blade provides greater rigidity authorizing size fencing as well as thrusting. It will quickly establish itself and become the main weapon of the white horse and a good extra weapon for the infantry.
At the same time that its use is spreading, we are witnessing the emergence of a large number of models for equally varied jobs. In the early nineteenth century, the saber was unanimously adopted for combat. The sword is definitely relegated to a merely symbolic role.

Firearm and antiquity

Firearm : in Europe and outside, the XVI and the XVIIth centuries are marked by firearms expansion. Military and political strategies reacts fast. So fast that at the beginning of XVIII century, in the army, the first role is reserved to firearms. Swords an sabers became second chance weapons.

Military antiques is a very large domain : pictures, engravings, complete equipment or separate pieces, uniforms or brass ornaments, all those things are charged of military history.



Austrian officer saber, pattern 1837

Austrian officer saber, pattern 1837, modified circa 1890 : with a single scabbard ring....

Indian Pesh-kabz, mid XVIIIth century.

Great Pesh-Kabz, Moghul India, circa mid of XVIIIth Century. Big dark green jade grip...

Persian dagger, mid XIXth century

Persian dagger, mid XIXth century. Big bone grip (13,5cm), deeply engraved with royal...

First Empire French officer « Ã  l’orientale » saber

Very nice French officer saber in « Kilidj » style, circa First...

Very scarce hunting dagger, Louis XVI gift

Exceptionnal hunting dagger, given to Rodez-Bénavent count by king Louis XVI. Very well...

Napoleon III’s 100 guards saber

French Second Empire 100 guards saber, pattern 1854. Short pommel, engraved with...

Hunting dagger, XVIIIth century

Hunting dagger, middle of the XVIIIth century, probably French made. Silvered brass...

French Drum-Major saber, circa Second Empire

French Drum-Major pattern 1822 saber, circa Présidence/Second Empire (1852). All ciseled...

French « Gardes du Corps du Roy » sword, Louis XVI regn

French « Gardes du Corps du Roi » (the king’s bodyguards)...

French Artillery trooper saber, pattern 1829

French Artillery trooper saber pattern 1829. All brass mounting, short pommel with blade...