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A Very Rare French Royal Short Sword In Ottoman Taste Made For The Prince Of Orange

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A Very Rare French Royal Short Sword In Ottoman Taste Made For The Prince Of Orange
By Manceaux A Paris, French Provinces 2nd Standard Mark For 1819-38, Regional Mark For Loire St. Etienne, Maker's Mark C.C

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 12,617) inc. premium
A Very Rare French Royal Short Sword In Ottoman Taste Made For The Prince Of Orange
By Manceaux A Paris, French Provinces 2nd Standard Mark For 1819-38, Regional Mark For Loire St. Etienne, Maker's Mark C.C
With slightly recurved brightly burnished blade of yataghan form double-edged towards the point, the forte with a shaped silver mount over each side engraved with symmetrical interlaced foliage against a gilt cross-hatched ground and signed along the back, pinched-in basal mount engraved with foliage against a gilt punched ground, hilt comprising deep collar and pommel-cap each chased with symmetrical scrollwork set with cabochon garnets and turquoises, all against a gilt punched ground, and gilt grip of tapering circular section punched with quatrefoils against a stippled ground and spirally bound with a silver strap, in original velvet-lined wooden scabbard veneered in tortoiseshell along both sides and with mounts en suite with the hilt, chape with monster-head finial, the mount along the back engraved in script 'Fabriquée pour le prince d'Orange par Manceaux a Paris', and in fine condition
30.5 cm. blade, 48.5 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • Born in 1792, Willem Frederik George Lodewijk was the eldest son of King William I of the Netherlands and Wilhelmine of Prussia. Under threat from the anti-orangist Patriots, the family were forced to flee the Netherlands in 1795 and as a result William spent most of his childhood at the Prussian court, where he followed a military education and served in the Prussian army. He later entered the British Army, and in 1811, as aide-de-camp to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, took part in several campaigns of the Peninsular War. He was made Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army on 11 June 1811 and Colonel on 21 October that year. On 8 September 1812 he was made an aide-de-camp to the Prince Regent and on 14 December 1813 promoted to Major-General. His courage and good nature made him very popular with the British, who nicknamed him "Slender Billy".

    He returned to the Netherlands in 1813 when his father became sovereign prince. In 1815, he took service in the Allied army when Napoleon escaped from Elba. He fought as commander of the Allied Corps at the Battle of Quatre Bras and the Battle of Waterloo, where he was knocked from his horse by a musket ball to the shoulder. The location where the young prince was wounded is marked by the Lion's Mound, an artificial hill surmounted by a statue of a lion, which was commissioned by King William I in 1820. As a sign of gratitude for his victory in Waterloo, William was offered Soestdijk Palace by the Dutch people.

    In 1814, William became briefly engaged to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only daughter of the Prince Regent and his estranged wife Caroline of Brunswick. Although arranged by the Prince Regent, the engagement was soon called off as both Charlotte and her mother disagreed with the match. He later married the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, youngest sister to Czar Alexander I.

    William enjoyed considerable popularity in the Netherlands and was known for his affability and moderation. Following his father's abdication, he acceded to the throne as William II in 1840. In 1848, revolutions broke out all over Europe, and in Paris the Bourbon-Orleans monarchy fell. Fearful that revolution would spread to Amsterdam next, William decided to institute a more liberal regime, believing it was better to grant reforms instead of having them imposed on him. A new constitution was created and royal power decreased sharply. He swore in the first parliamentary cabinet a few months before his death in 1849

    The maker is Joseph-Francois Manceaux or his son Francois-Jules
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