1845 French boarding saber
It is stored in the museum Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw.
French boarding saber of 1845. It is stored in the museum Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw
The French boarding saber is kept in the Museum of Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw, blade length 676 mm, width 37 mm, thickness at the base 9 mm, single-blade, with wide lobes, the lobes reach a double-edged pen.
The sea anchor is knocked out on the sides of the blade. On the butt of the blade, the name of the weapons factory is stamped: «Manufre Role de Châtellerault 9bre 1845.» The cup is iron, closed, painted black. The cup is connected to the headband. The headband is iron, octagonal in cross section. The lower edge of the headband is obliquely cut. At the top of the headband I saw a riveted hovostovik blade. The handle is iron, octagonal, tapering to the headband. The headband and hilt are painted black.
A boarding saber is perhaps the most famous personal weapon of a sailor. Its popularity probably stems from the fact that it is short enough to be usable during clashes in a small space on a ship. Another advantage was its ease of use. Successful mastery of a boarding saber required less training than mastery of a rapier or a sword, and was also more effective on a narrow deck than using long-blade weapons. With the improvement of artillery and the introduction of mechanical power plants, the use of boarding was discontinued, although in some countries boarding sabers were the armament of sailors until the 1930s.
Our version is slightly different from the original.