Originally Posted by TVV
I think I solved the origin of the Ethiopian blade: it was from a gurade, probably produced in France (based on the French writing at the base of the blade).
Does anyone know who the manufacturer was and when were these made?
The one of Oriental Arms has a pommel with a silver coin Maria Theresa dollar (Archiduch Austria Dux) from 1780. I can read Comptoir europeen acier superieur, but I found nothing about this factory.
Look at this famous French arms trader...