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French Napoleonic AN XI (Model 1802) Infantry Briquet Sabre, dated 1814
Regulation one-piece cast brass hilt with ribbed grip, profusely marked with various inspection and inventory stamps on the knuckle bow, including the "B" of Joseph Amboise Bisch, Controller 2nd Class. Flat curved 22 3/4" blade engraved on the spine "Manufre Rle du Klingenthal Octobre 1814" in script, the flat correctly stamped with the "L" of Francois Louis Lobstein, the "B" of Etienne-Louis Borson (became Director at Klingenthal on August 1st, 1814), and a half strike likely that of J. G. Bick, Controller 1st Class. The blade generally smooth with scattered shallow edge nicks and a few areas of light pitting, some heavier pitting near the point. This sword was made during the brief restoration period that preceded Napoleonís "Hundred Days" and likely saw action at Waterloo. Overall length 28 1/4". No scabbard. A very well-marked example.
SS1512 $450 ON HOLD
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