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Napoleonic French General's Saber - WES1081

Napoleonic French General

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Overall Length: 38 3/4'' Blade: 32 3/4''
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Blade: 1095 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 12.5 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 8''
Width: 29.5 mm
Grip Length: 2 3/4''

This Napoleonic French General’s Sword has a blade of tempered 1095 high carbon steel which has been lavishly blued and gilt for the nearly half the blade. This level of embellishment was typically the prestige of generals, officers and command staff who had the means to commission swords with gilt symbols, icons and personal accoutrements against a backdrop of night-blue steel. In this example the blade and brass fittings of the sword are richly adorned in the symbology of the Napoleonic French Empire.

The brass hilt of this saber is well-cast and finely detailed and the carved wooden grip is blackened to an ebon hue. The sword is paired with a companion scabbard of darkened steel and embellished brass to both match and complete the sword. When sheathed the triangular facial portrait above the guard slides onto and locks with a slot on the scabbard locket - a fine joint fitting between sword and scabbard.

The command staff of the Napoleonic Grande Armée were allowed to purchase their own swords and many spared no expense in acquiring a masterfully-crafted sword that married both great function and high taste. They were supposed to have their swords made in accordance with the regulations of the 1st Vendémiaire which should have brought the Officer trend for ostentatious blades under heel, but these regulations were often ignored in favor of the influential and well-connected who would obtain a richly adorned and properly elegant sword to match their station.

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