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    French, Napoleonic, 1st Empire, Etat-Major Officer's Saber C. 1805. 38" overall with rather heavily curved 32 1/2" blade. Embellished with fire blue, and engraved gilt decorations for one third its length. Near perfect with just some fading to the blue and a few minor stains. Absolutely no rust pitting or nicks. Classic form 'pistol grip' all brass hilt with lion head on the face of the pommel, the back of which is profusely decorated with deep relief scrollwork and engraved scales. Wolf's head quillon, large langets decorated in deep relief, with arms panoplies/flags. The stirrup shaped knuckle bow decorated on the face with leaves, stars, and a profile bust of Mercury. Finely checkered ebony grip with one tiny chip else about perfect with nice patina. The magnificent brass scabbard is decorated with punched leaf designs overall, including the reverse, with acanthus leaves on the ring mounts. There are three relief panels separately affixed to the scabbard, the upper 4" long and the lower two each 3 1/2". The upper two are decorated in deeply embossed relief with camp scenes, apparently an artillery unit, depicting cannons, tents, soldiers, mounted and on foot and even a vivandiere providing refreshment. The lower panel depicts a cannon firing on a turreted building, with soldier standing at the rear in the act of touching it off. The scabbard utilizes a form fitted brass throat and brass carrying rings. Overall really excellent condition with just a few very minor dents on the reverse. A most desirable Napoleonic sword in fine condition, and most likely carried by a General grade officer.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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