This type of sword is based on the 1800 light infantry officer saber used by officers of Napoleon’s Great Army. This specific example is likely to have been used by a general staff officer due to the battle trophies and Athena’s helmet found on the langet; a common symbol of the French General Staff, even on later swords.
The decor of the hilt is quite unique and denotes a custom or at least non-regulation type of sword. A silver plaque was also added to the ebony grip, in a similar fashion to the AN XII general staff dress sword.
The blade still has a moderate amount of bluing and engravings are quite clear with some remaining gilt. The hilt is solid with no movement or rattle, and the blade is in good condition, straight with some surface corrosion and minor pitting.
The original leather scabbard is a rare find and fits perfectly. The leather is relatively worn, but still supple and solid.
This is a unique and beautiful blade from the First Empire.
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