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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 2:02 am 
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Guys, Here is a French Mle 1857 NCO Epee. Note the similarity to the US Army NCO Sword. Shortly after this one was made, the French decided to change from Brass to a White Alloy, called "Melchior"...Which is often noted on Lebel and Berthier Bayonets. After all this time, the Brass has survived better than the alloy, often the iron and other metals in the later hilt will be stained and are very hard to clean up, especially of the hilt is not easily dismounted for cleaning.. I like the Brass hilted French edged weapons a lot better than the others....

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 11:37 am 
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Nice....... I have to agree. The brass gives it an impressive look.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Tojo: Thanks, I think the French tried to "Modernize" their gear when the Lebel came out, and part of that was changing the hilts, many of the Cavalry weapons actually remained in Brass, only the redesigned or newly designed stuff got the alloy...The cost of changing all those Mle 1822 Saber Hilts may have inhibited the change over to the new metal!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:10 am 
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Guys: Here is a US NCO Sword Mod 1840, dated 1847, made by Ames Cabotville Mass....notice the similarities...The French Epee has a wire wrapped grip, the US has a molded or stamped simulation of a wire wrapped grip....Other than the folding guard, which the US Model lacks, and the blade styles difference, a very similar weapon..

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