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I have for sale a very nice example of a rare Polish cavalry sabre with it's iron scabbard, dating to the period circa 1815 to 1830/31. Examples of this particular type of sword are not often seen on the market and this one is in very good condition overall.


There is thought that the blade was manufactured in Solingen, Germany between the mid to late 1700's for the Polish army, as possibly indicated by the long etched "arrow" on the spine of the blade, at the forte.


Both sides of the curved, single edged, 34.5 inch (88cm) long blade are decorated with identical, finely etched cartouches and the Latin words "Pro deo et Patria" (which translates to "For God and Motherland"). A Roman Catholic sacred heart design is seen also. The Latin motto is often seen on Polish blades. A single broad fuller runs almost the entire length of the blade, backed up by a single, short, narrow fuller running along the back edge of the blade, at  it's center. A 'false edge' runs along the final 8 inches of the blade to it's tip.


The older 18th century Polish blade has been fitted to a Russian, three bar, 1809 pattern, brass, hussar style hilt, as was often the case between 1815 to 1830. The grip is wood covered in leather (good condition), bound with brass wire, which has broken on one or two strands. The hilt is unmarked and the blade in very good condition, having a bright polish and generally untarnished.


This sword comes complete with it's heavy, two-ring, (French hussar style), iron scabbard, which fits the sword well.


It is almost certain that this fine sabre belonged to a Polish cavalry officer during the years 1815 to 1830. Was it used during the "November Uprising of 1831", when the Polish officer cadets and their allies fought against the Russian Imperial oppression in their partitioned country? We will never know for sure.

Polish cavalry sabre and scabbard - circa 1815 - 1830

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