Re: Gareth's Sword Collection.
« Reply #181 on: October 23, 2021, 02:42:33 PM »
First "new" sword in a while. This one was a gift from a friend who had had it kicking around his house gathering dust for years. What we have is a French 1831 Artillery Sword, known at the time as the "coupe choux" or cabbage chopper.
As the name implies this was used far more as a machete and very rarely as a weapon. However as the use of the fascine
was still very much a thing in the 19th Century a stout machete wasn't a bad thing. Mind you; at a bit more than 1kg you're going to notice it hanging off your hip. The brown leather belt frog isn't original but does work much the same as it should. Interestingly the length of this blade lets you kneel down without the whole thing getting in the way.
I'll be the first to admit this this isn't in the greatest of condition. At some point in it's relatively recent past someone has taken some power tools to the blade in order to clean up some rust (I'm guessing) but has left some tell-tale scaring. The brass hilt is very tarnished but, interestingly to me, there is some clear evidence that this was nickel plated. This isn't the way it would have normally issued to the troops but it might well have been done as a parade item. There is similar evidence on the scabbard's metalwork. This would have been very shiny when new.
You can see just how similar my British Land Transport sword is, but it's the French pattern of sword that came first.