The Ramblings of a Supernothing

The Ramblings of A Supernothing

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art-of-swords:

General Leblois’ Chinese Saber

  • Dated: circa 1915
  • Measurements: overall lenght 34 1/2”. Blade lenght 23 1/2”

With a delicately arched grip and an ornate scabbard adorned with mixed metal damascened inlays of silver, copper and brass, this saber sword was the possession of French General Paul Adoplhe Leblois (1857-1930), a decorated hero of World War I. The inlays that adorn the sword are unquestionably rare, with few examples of such artistry attainable today. 

Sidenotes:

  1. Noted throughout his career for his bravery and military prowess, Leblois was grand Defense Commander in Saigon in 1910, leading the Fifth Colonial Infantry Brigade in 1912 and becoming the General of the Colonial Division in 1914.
  2. That same year, Leblois led the Second Colonial Division to a triumphant performance in battle. In 1917, Leblois was elected President of the Colonial Committee, and by February of 1918 he was named the Head of the French Troops in Indochina.
  3. For his illustrious military career, Leblois was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1926.  

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