The briquet is one of the most iconic sabres produced during the First Empire. It equipped all line infantry soldiers and was used as a weapon and a tool. This particular example is an An XI pattern (1802) and still shows some of its original marks. The spine is marked Manufacture Impériale, and while unfortunately the rest has been polished out, the inspector mark on the blade (Antoine Chapelet) and on the hilt indicates that this briquet was made in Versailles.
It is a very large example with a long handle and a thick blade. The blade was polished many times, indicating the extent of its use in the Great Army, but the whole sword is solid and in great shape for its age.
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