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Imperial Guard Infantry Briquet Sword 1800-1815

Napoleonic Wars -   Waterloo

Ideal for Sabrage
 


Napoleon's Imperial Guard wearing their Briquet Swords in 1814 by Carle Vernet


Sword (including Scabbard):

$159.00

$179.00

Item Code: SWD068

 

Introduced in 1800 for the Consular Guard, the Guard briquet carried on its use in the Imperial Guard all the way to the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  It was considered the "luxury briquet" for its quality craftmanship, as compared to the infantry sabre briquet of the rest of the French Army.

More specifically this sabre was issued only to the Old Guard (grenadier a pied de la garde) and the Light Infantry (chasseurs a pied de la garde).  Clearly it was a special mark of exclusivity for the soldiers that carried it.  

The reproduction is marked with Versailles hilt markings along with the appropriate armoury director and controller on the blade (Mouton and Beaumeretz). 

The 28 inch (71cm) blade is made of AISI 1060 high quality steel and can take an edge.  The grip is wrapped finely with leather and wire. Overall length of the sword is 33 inches (84 cm).
 

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Sabrage

For those who practice the art of opening a champagne bottle with a sword, called sabrage, this is the ideal saber for the duty.  As it is the "luxury" version of soldier's briquet, and the practice originates with Napoleon's army,  what better sword for the job.  The perfection of the art is beautifully illustrated with this 1853 account :

"The servant being clumsy in opening a new bottle of champagne, the [French] colonel ... reaching down his sabre, with a scientific blow took off the neck without materially injuring the bottle or disturbing the contents.  This military way of decanting champagne aide its circulation, and head after head fell rapidly before the naked sabre."

There are a number of clubs and videos online showing the practice of Sabrage.  Using an historically appropriate sword adds to the story you are telling by performing this technique.   Definitely a must for a wedding or other special occasion.  Cheers!

 
Napoleonic soldiers enjoying a drink, 1812 by Carle Vernet

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