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French Model 1767 Officer's Sword

1767-1780
Origin: Europe, France
OL: 39"; Blade: 32 1/4 x 5/8"; Blade width: 11/16"
Iron/steel, brass, wood and silver
Acquisition funded by The Antique Collectors' Guild
Acc. No. 2007-102
French M-1767 Officer's sword, of classic smallsword form composed of a cast brass hilt decorated with straight gadrooning on the ovoid pommel and fluting along the edges of the other elements. Its wooden grip is bound with two opposed strands of finely twisted silver wire with a stamped sheet silver "turk's head" at either end. The blade, possibly once etched, is of the common, hollow triangular section and is typically (for the period) very narrow.
Label:In addition to being the main sword carried by French officers serving in the Revolution, Lafayette is known to have given examples to numerous American officers. To date three have been identified, one of which was Washington's, now at Mount Vernon.