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Infantry Briquet Sabre, Probably French Second Empire
During most of the 19th C the French established the standards for the sword designs of the Western World. The infantry briquet, or short sabre, was one such example and it was widely copied and used throughout Europe. They were easy and cheap to produce with their one-piece cast brass hilt and flat unfullered blade, yet they were heavy and solidly built. This example has the standard one-piece cast brass hilt with ribbed grip and integral knuckle bow. There is a stamped inspectorís mark on the knuckle bow in the French fashion. The curved 23 5/8" single-edged unfullered blade is typical of French examples, except it does not have the engraved script arsenal markings found on the spine of most French blades of the period. It does, however bear a makerís name "PRADIEN"? on the short ricasso on one side and a deeply stamped "L" in an oval inspectors stamp in typical French style on the other. Overall length 29 1/8". Very good condition. No scabbard.
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