This is a rare French Model 1791 Grenadier’s sabre briquet dating to the French Revolution. The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. The use of these sabre briquette continued into the Napoleonic Wars.
The 580mm curved, single-edged blade has a flat spine above a single narrow fuller and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade is double-edged for the final 130mm.
The blade is in fair condition with shallow pitting and patches of dark tarnish. The sword has been service sharpened and retains a sharp fighting edge. A worn poincon at the base of the blade is partially hidden by the bronze hilt.
The cast bronze hilt is in very good condition and has an excellent patina. The grip has 19 ribs and the straight quillon has an acorn-like finial. The stirrup hilt knuckle bow flows into the beak of the crowned bird’s head pommel through which the tang is peened. The blade is firm in the hilt.
This is a fair to good example of a rare Model 1791 short sword from the French Revolution. A pivotal period in European history.
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