Two swords here: the 1854 Heavy cavalry and its replacement the model 1854/82.
A throwback to the Napoleonic An XIII sword, the 1854 with its 100cm blade was issued first to the two carabiniers regiments and then to the cavalerie de Réserve (cuirassiers). A year later it was the dragoons' turn to receive it but with shorter blades (97.5cm).
F. Schutz (controller 2nd class 02-1854 to 06-1872) G. Durousseau de Fayolle (director 09-1862 to 03-1873)
Back of blade signature: Manuf Imple de Chatt Février 1864 - Caraber Mle 1854
In 1882, to keep up with new Army standards, the blades were shortened to 95cm for the cuirassiers and 92.5cm for the dragoons, the lower rings were removed so it could be worn on the saddle.
Also because a new model sword was introduced in 1882 and was supposed to replace it, production of the 1854 was stopped in 1883.
That same year 1883, the 1854 hilts no longer repaired, all worn or broken hilts were replaced by the surplus (and stillborn) model 1882.
Swords that were modified to these new standards were thus termed Mle 1854 transformed (82).
This 1854-82 has an unusual leather cover to the pommel; this is the second specimen I see with it and from Ondry's book it could be the result of a repair to be concealed but I don't discard it could be for field use like the scabbard cover was for.
F.L. Sprenger (controller 1st class 06-1879 to 06-1885) J.M. Brenier (controller 2nd class 09-1874 to 07-1889) J.P.J. Realon (director 05-1879 to 12-1883)
Back of blade signature: Manufre d'Armes de Chatt unreadable month 1883 - Dragons Mle 1854
Hm, from your pics it seems to be a trooper sword you have there since officers had floral decorated branches. If there are markings on the hilt yet none on the back, it could be an NCO sword too.
I did think of the possibility the while hilt of the 1854/82 was covered in leather and lost it over time, so far it is the theory that holds the most because the hilt doesn't seem to have bad repair underneath to justify concealing it and the turn of the century started to flirt with the concept of camouflage which it does well when matched with the scabbard cover.
Looks like they used the new, smaller model, M1822/82 LC hilt on the poor 1854/83 Dragoon blade. l'Hoste doesn't even mention this aberration. At least, I could not find it. Wonder how many were made and more important, survived. Cannot be much, as I have never seen this strange combination in the market.
Edit: Found the hilt in l'hoste: page 405-826. From what I see there the hilt should sit atop of the 1882 cavalry blade. Length 92.5 cm.
I've been lusting after a '54 since my visit to Dave Kelly's place. Passed on a few really great deals because money just hasn't been right and currently have four or five bookmarked for when a distant, unknown, rich relative leaves me a large inheritance...
Thanks for sharing yours. Definitely curious about the leather. First impression was maybe it was fitted when the brass wire started coming loose? Seems okay through the seam, though...
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