French Royal Musketeer Company Cavalry Sword. Sword of the French royal bodyguards. French militaryx sword of the famous elite unit dedicated to the French nobility.
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Royal musketeers and Garde du Corps were part of French The King's Household (Maison du Roi).
The French Musketeers, personal protectors of the French Crown of the Ancien Regime, were the impetuous and dashing men immortalized by the tale of the Three Musketeers. Experts in blade, shot and horse, the Musketeer companies were the Royal Guard of the King when he was outside of his palace. They were also known to fight on foot in the line of battle in companies of 250 men.
The ranks of the Musketeers were largely reserved for sons of the nobility, and unlike other regiments, were open to the lower ranks of the nobility.
This Musketeer sword is a recreation of the blades carried by the Musketeers after their 1814 reformation. The spine of the blade bears the dated 1814 signature of the Klingenthal manufactory - the favored swordmaker of France during both the Monarchy and the Napoleonic Empire. The base of the blade is stamped with period production and inspection markings. The unsharpened blade is crafted from tempered high carbon steel and the elaborate hilt is of cast brass with a blackened cross design on the swept hilt guard. The grip is covered in tight black leather and is overlaid with spiralled brass wire. The scabbard is of steel with two steel hanging rings.
Steel: Tempered EN9 High Carbon Steel.
Overall Length: 44 3/8".
Blade: 37 3/4".
Grip Length: 4 1/2".
Weight: 3 lb 10.7 oz.
French swords and sabres.