French Revolutionary Period ANIV Dragoon Sabre


Flat unfullered blade and a poincon dating it to 1792-4. The guard is of the same design and is brass plate, however, the fleur de lys has been mutilated and the centre column chiselled to redesign it as a faiseau de licteur. The same mark appears on the blade. Having the right emblem on a sword during this period in France might be a life and death issue for a soldier, even before he reached the battlefield! The sword carries no inscription tying it to a manufacturer though it has poincons indicate production at Klingenthal. The pattern became known as the year ANIV and was produced with both fullered and flat blades

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