french infantry officer's sword from the collection of famous american stage actor otis skinner

French infantry officer's sword from the collection of famous American stage actor Otis Skinner.



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From the Otis Skinner and Cornelia Otis Skinner collection, a beautifully made French infantry officers sword and scabbard, which would have been used for ceremonial purposes.
This sword has been in the Skinner family for a good part of its life. The Skinners travelled extensively, and had a Paris apartment as well. This was possibly initially purchased as a stage prop. Eventually this became part of their personal collection in their New York apartment.
This sword was manufactured by the Chatellerault Company, who manufactured swords 1816-1937. This sword is model 1882, manufactured in November 1916, during WWI. This information is engraved to blade.
The hilt is horn, wrapped with brass wire, with 4 bar brass guard, initialled M.J.A.B. The blade has a very good point, no deviation or warping to either side, and scabbard is intact. The tang extends through the handle, and the balance is excellent. All parts are in very good condition with original patina.
Size 40 inches long including scabbard, 38.5 inches long alone.
A very nice sword with excellent provenance from the collection of famous actors, interesting both for the collectors of swords and militaria, or acting memorabilia.
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