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Alfredo Vazquez




Location: Italy
Joined: 28 May 2019

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Feb, 2020 5:16 am    Post subject: Insanely beautiful sword         Reply with quote

Good Evening, I have recently purchased this sword at auction and it was listed as a "WWI artillery officer sword" clearly that is not the case. I have asked in my different forums as to what it could be but it seems to still be a mystery. The blade is etched and gilded almost identical the the Imperial Guard Swords of Napoleon, the difference being that instead of an "N" it has a "G" and instead of the imperial eagle it has a sun. Most agree that it is probably Italian or from one of the German states, if you know more please drop a comment... enjoy Happy

https://imgur.com/gallery/hZLMGHs
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Glen A Cleeton




Location: Nipmuc USA
Joined: 21 Aug 2003

Posts: 1,920

PostPosted: Wed 19 Feb, 2020 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Insanely beautiful sword         Reply with quote

Alfredo Vazquez wrote:
Good Evening, I have recently purchased this sword at auction and it was listed as a "WWI artillery officer sword" clearly that is not the case. I have asked in my different forums as to what it could be but it seems to still be a mystery. The blade is etched and gilded almost identical the the Imperial Guard Swords of Napoleon, the difference being that instead of an "N" it has a "G" and instead of the imperial eagle it has a sun. Most agree that it is probably Italian or from one of the German states, if you know more please drop a comment... enjoy Happy

https://imgur.com/gallery/hZLMGHs


Welcome aboard.

I have watched this sword and replies for some time now. As an aside, I had mentioned to someone (and without any absolute evidence) that the G may well represent The Great Architect and the time period of the French Bourbon Restoration, perhaps and notably during the July Monarchy. There was a great amount of powerplay and disagreement amongst the French freemasons going back to the first French Revolution.

Again, I have no absolute evidence of that but I do believe the sword to be later than the first empire and the 1830s-1840s certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

I look forward to the sword conservation/restoration in progress and I hope we see more of the sword in time. There have been a number of swords made as homage to great figures and I have encountered some very Scottish Rite British officer cavalry sabres and unique and not so unique US officer sword types ascribed to the freemasons. I would not at all be surprised we see a twin to this one in time.

Cheers
GC
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