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French Imperial Grenadier Guard Short Sword, Napoleonic.
French Imperial Grenadier Guard Short Sword, Napoleonic

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Product Code: IMP

Exceedingly rare, hardly ever seen for sale, Imperial Guard Short Sword from the Versailles Armoury.
Four definite single letter inspection stamps. On the knucklebow a 'C'. On the blade an 'M' under a five pointed star and one other that could be a 'B'. (or not!) On the reverse side of the knucklebow it looks like another 'C' next to VERSAILLES. On the ferrule there are two possible stamps, one on each side, possibly an 'R' on one side and the other has faded to illegibility.
I had to clean the sword a little due to massive nicotine staining.
The blade is exceptionally sharp (period sharpening) and has no major nicks. Good patina, minimal pitting. The point looks to have been marginally modified (again, period) to give it more of a clipped effect. Blade is about 70cm long, total 84cm ish.
The leather to the grip is 100% intact, as is the wire.
Sadly no scabbard.
100% guaranteed original.