This sabre briquet dates to the early part of the 19th Century and was made by the Prussian firm H & R Boker of Remscheid circa 1830.
These briquet were found throughout Europe in the early to mid-19th Century leading to much confusion when it comes to identifying the model and country of use. In the case of this sword, H & R Boker produced and supplied this model to numerous countries, such as Denmark, France, the German States, etc., each of which gave it a different designation. To the French this is a model AN XI sabre briquette.
The 595mm slightly curved, single-edged, un-fullered blade has a flat spine and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade retains its original washer and is in good condition with patches of tarnish and use related marks. The ricasso is stamped with the Maker’s details, H & R Boker, Remscheid and a French inspection stamp (poincon). The obverse ricasso bears the name of the French supplier, Sperrieier.
The cast brass hilt has a single D-shaped knuckle bow continuing into a forward pointing ball quillon. The knuckle bow bears an inspection stamp. The grip has 28 ribs. The cross-piece of the hilt is stamped with the number 8 on both sides and the scabbard throat bears a corresponding number.
The black leather covered wooden scabbard has brass mounts in the French style with a mounting bar. The brass throat has two small cracks and is stamped with a matching number to the briquet. The brass chape bears an inspection stamp and the ball finial has an interesting and unusual flattened facet. The leather of the scabbard is strong and in very good condition with its stitching intact and sound. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard by the internal leaf springs.
This is a good clean example of an early 19th Century French infantry sabre briquette.