Rev War Era French Naval Artillery Short Sword
Lovely French naval artillery shorts sword which saw service from about 1771 to 1790, a span which perfectly brackets the American Revolutionary War. This exact sword is featured in George C Neumann'a important Swords & Blades of the American Revolution. I have the Third Edition from 1991 and find it on page 189. As the French both supplied troops and also equipped many of the American units it is very likely that this saw service in that war and, as it recently came out of a house in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley I would say it is a distinct probability. Brass hilt has an outrageously beautiful lion head. The tang stretches the full width of the hilt and is held in place with two rivets. As is usually the case with swords of this age there is a wiggle. very shallow center fuller on each side. Blade is just short of 18.5 inches and hilt is just over 5 inches. When looking at this sword one might be reminded of the 19th century American artillery short sword made by Ames. It is almost a certainty that this is the direct predecessor and inspiration for that sword. Wonderful example of an important sword.