One of a kind West Europe style saber with Russian Imperial Eagle on Pommel and Paul I inscription on the blade. Length - 89,8 cm.
Slightly curved, steel blade with a short ricasso, cross section in the shape of deltoid (!). Remains of gold inlays and not visible (covered by langets) engravements on the ricasso. Engraved decoration in late 18th c. French style with floral (fleurs et fueillages) and military (trophÃ¨es) motives, making a kind of cartouche. On the front side, inside the cartouche, inscription: â€œPaul de Iâ€. Style of engravements both on floral motives and inscription is very similar, but it could be made by two persons, as there are minimal differences in style, what can suggest that inscription was added made after manufacturing the blade, but still in period.
Bladeâ€™s construction with deltoid cross section is not known in European swords. This profile was used in early Mongol sabers and in Japan swords (moro-ha zukuri). Probably made for order for this sword or series of similar.
Bladeâ€™s length â€“ 77 cm, width â€“ 28 mm.
Hilt made of brass, with a single knuckle-bow, typical construction for swords dated to late 18th and early 19th c., based on French light cavalry sabers 1793 and later used in many countries (Denmark), with some changes, very similar to Russian M1806 grenadiers saber of the Emperorâ€™s Militia battalion. The pommel ending with Russian Imperial eagle, pattern used around year 1800.
PaweÅ‚ I born 1754, Count of Oldenburg in 1773, Tsar of Russia 1796-1801. Second wife of Paul I was born in Stettin.
Hypothesis of origin:
Most probably itâ€™s West European saber, made for an order (construction of blade) probably in Northern Germany or South Denmark (Schleswik, Holsten) for Russian officer who asked to add motives connected with Russia and Emperor. Could be also battle trophy saber with sentence and Russian Eagle added in Russia. Could be also gift from Western country to an officer in Russia. Less probably â€“ Russian made sword for special order, not according to regulation patterns.
Condition report: very good condition for the age. Blade in almost perfect condition with minor dark spots and some corrosion under langets, probably cleaned. Brass parts of the hilt in good condition, with minor scratches and dents, natural patina. Damages to the leather on grip.