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Old 22nd December 2021, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Recommended books on Napoleonic-era infantry sabers?

Greetings all,

For some reason antithetical to my bank account, I find myself lately drawn to Napoleonic era infantry swords; I particularly like the look and what I hear about the handling of French model 1845 and 45/55 blades.

Knowing how many fakes are out and about, and how dodgy the market can be and having a limited budget what reasonably-affordable/acquirable books do you suggest I procure to begin acquiring a decent education on the subject? French and British seem to call me the most, but I know how little I know about the subject, so no need to exclude similar blades from Germany/Austria/Belgium/etc. My searches have found several seemingly good tomes, but rather than waste money willy-nilly on everything I can find, I figured that asking the experts was a prudent course of action. Where should I begin?

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!
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Old 22nd December 2021, 06:18 PM   #2
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Im this book you'll find all the sword you are looking for. price is around 52.-
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Old 23rd December 2021, 03:10 PM   #3
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The third book by Petard, dedicated to French Infantry weapons is still available. I picked one two months ago. Soon it will not be, and its price will rocket as it happened with the first and second volumes. Although a bit expensive (about 80 euros) it can be considered an investment.
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This British sword book has virtually all British swords, on sale and well worth the investment

https://www.naval-military-press.com...vised-edition/

I have found good references have saved me from making expensive purchasing errors.
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Old 24th December 2021, 02:44 AM   #5
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Thank you all - I appreciate the pointers. I managed to find a copy of the Petard volume that wasn't hideously expensive shipped to the U.S.; I'm tracking the others down now.

The problem with the Petard work is that I'm a completionist, and now I've got a compulsion to get the whole set

Again, I appreciate the help. Happy Holidays!
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Old 24th December 2021, 02:25 PM   #6
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Im this book you'll find all the sword you are looking for. price is around € 52.-
Agreed.

But that one refers only to sabres.

It should be completed with "Les Epees" also by Jean Lhoste. They both are in French.
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