Early French Napoleonic era Damascus Hussar Sword, poss. Russian or German. Interesting early cavalry or hussar officer's saber dating from around late 18th to early 19th century, appears to be of either French or German manufacture possibly for one of the Eastern European countries, could be Russian as well due to a hilt style also used by them in that era, having iron mounts of cavalry pattern with its original leather covered grip showing wear and original copper twist wire loose but fully present. Wearing a wonderful curved large fullered blade of European Damascus steel, exhibiting nice gray patina throughout with extensive etched decorations running to the very end of the fuller, depicting humanized Moon and Sun symbols with many stars and war trophies to the lower blade one with very interesting and rarely encountered elephant head over a spear, fine Damascus steel patterns throughout the blade and traces of original gold gilt finish over etched decorations, few light nicks towards the tip area of the edge. With a light play to all hilt mounts and its original iron scabbard showing wear to the black paint finish. Rare and early saber with a way better than the average quality blade, surely made for an officer at the times. Overall length: 39 1/2". Blade length: 32 1/4"