Identification / Research

Identification / Research

Research on the identification and history of swords and swords:

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide you with information on the identification of swords and swords.

Even if your sword / sword bears the BALP mark on the blade, we can not assist you in your historical research and identification. BALP has been producing since 1830,but, following the stop of productions during a period, no BALP archive is available.

However, here are some tips to start your search.

Most research on the history of a sword / sword begins with the identification of the manufacturer. Please consider, first and foremost, that all swords / swords made in France are not necessarily made by BALP.  Sometimes it's not as easy as it should be. The swords manufacturer affixes an identification mark on the blade, usually on blade near the guard. 

If you want to learn more about your sword / sword, here's what we recommend:

Use several of the search engines on the Internet, to get more information on the manufacturers of swords. For example, if you are looking for information about a BALP sword / sabers, you can try the following searches:

  • saber / sword balp saint etienne France
  • sword / sword origin balp
  • history of sabers / swords balp
  • etc. etc.

You will certainly find other swords / swords similar to yours, listed on various websites that will allow you to obtain information on the origin and value of your sword / sword. You can also:

Contact an organization of stabbing collectors who may be able to identify your piece, or to look for an antique dealer specialized in swords. Please consider, however, that we have no experience of this type of contact with organizations of collectors of swords or antique dealers, and no idea of ​​the honesty, righteousness or veracity of the information provided by these people. Antique shops are also traders, and you have to be careful with who you work with.