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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