Napoleonic Mamluk Saber. Elegant, oriental saber sword of the Egyptian troops. Tempered carbon steel blade, brass guard, wooden grip, wooden scabbard covered by leather.
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Mamluks were originally a Christian slaves of the Egyptian Ottoman rulers converted to Islam. They rebelled and aquired Egypt for themself.
The Mamluks fought the British in the Peninsular War and fought with distinction at the Battle of Austerlitz. After Napoleon’s fall, the Mamelukes were systematically murdered by French Royalists who remembered their proximity and favored status to the fallen Emperor.
When in Napoleon’s service, the Mamluks carried a brace of pistols, a dagger and the famously curved Mamluk saber. Their sabers were vicious slashing weapons, their slicing power accentuated by the steep curve, their tips could also be used as surprisingly effective thrusting weapons, able to stab at angles difficult for the unaccustomed opponent to anticipate. It was a superb design for the fast-charging cavalryman.
The spine is etched with the signature of Klingenthal, the state-run sword manufactory of Napoleonic France - they would have manufactured these Mamluk saber blades to specially outfit Napoleon’s most colorfully exotic troops. Many French Officer's also carried Mamluk sabers, as all things Egyptian were in vogue after Napoleon's Egyptian adventure. The guard is made of brass and the grip is of wood sandwiched between the tang and brass mid-section. Brass pins hold the tang in place. The wood-core scabbard is tightly covered in black leather with overlaid brass accents and brass hanging rings.
Steel: Tempered EN9 High Carbon Steel.
Overall Length: 39 1/4".
Blade: 33 3/4".
P.O.B.: 8 1/4".
Grip Length: 3 5/8".
Weight: 2 lb 2.5 oz.
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