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19th C Gilt Bronze French Officer Epee Sword & MOP Grip Napoleon Battle War For Sale
19th C Gilt Bronze French Officer Epee Sword & MOP Grip Napoleon Battle War:
I am offering for sale an early 19th Century gilt bronze French officer's epee sword with Mother of Pearl grips and a triangularblade with etchings of military motifs.
The clam shell guard depicts Athena, the Greek Goddess of War,seatedamong various military symbols, including flags, polearms, shields, fasces and acuirass. The handle is made of bronzeand covered in gold (gilt).
This model is a variation of thatshown in the authoritative book titled Epees Portees en France des Origines aNos Jours by Jean L’hoste as figure 778 on page 412. It is in excellentcondition with minor, age appropriate wear to the blade. The rear grip has been reattached. It measures 35 1/4" long from the top ofthe pommel to the tip of the blade. There is no scabbard.
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