French Napoleonic Ceremonial Glaive Sword

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A highly interesting and unusual French Napoleonic Ceremonial Glaive Sword

This is a very rare and unusual French c.1800's sword and is of a type that was carried by senior officers and nobility.  I have not been able to trace this particular design but there are some similar examples in Les Epees Portes en France Des Origines a Nos Jours by Jean L'Hoste (page 458) - see images below.

The sword comprises a gilt brass, cruciform hilt with applied decoration of bound lightning rods and floral motifs.  The plain, single-fullered blade is inscribed with "ANXII"- not sure if this is contemporary or added later.

Condition of the Sword

In excellent condition with much original gilt remaining to the hilt - blade is clean with only the lightest of speckling in places.

Specifications of the Sword

Length of the blade is 29.75 inches (36 inches overall).

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