1845 Pattern France Army Officers Sword


A very nice example of an 1845 Pattern French Army Officer’s Sword, in very nice clean condition, with its leather scabbard.

It is pre1855, as dress regulations changed the scabbard to a more durable steel version. The sword has the M1845 brass basket guard that is richly decorated with pierced roses and laurels, with a scroll quillon. The knuckle guard has an old crack, but is stable and does not detract. The handle is a ridged horn grip which would have had twisted brass wire to add decoration. The sword has a slightly upcurved single edged blade, with a fuller on either side. The blade is still very bright with hardly any tarnish. The sword has a leather scabbard with brass fittings and 2 suspension rings. There are no maker’s details on the ricasso that we can see, but it is by a quality maker swordsmith.

The model 1845 was one of the most popular and widely used of the French army swords and and inspired US infantry officer’s swords. It was in service from 1845 and in its 1855 version, was still used up to World War one.

Size: 95.5 cm (37 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1183g