Lot 105

A rare French presentation or ceremonial short sword for an officer of the École Impériale Forestière, from the reign of Napoleon III. Featuring a heavily etched blade, showing the name of the Imperial Forestry School on one side and an assemblage of weapons and objects, including a stag’s head, on the other. The gilt brass guard and pommel with eagles’ heads, floral decoration and bumble bees. The grip of fluted horn. Housed in its matching leather scabbard, with elaborate gilt brass mounts. The top mount of the scabbard is engraved with the initials F.M., presumably those of the officer. Blade length 21 inches (53cm) (1)

Estimate: £600-£800