Antique Briquet Saber

29 1/4 inches long overall, 24 inch blade brass grip, unmarked excepting unit mark upon backstrap.

The Briquet Saber was a melee weapon used during the Napoleonic Wars of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. It is a short, slightly curved sword with a brass handle that was carried by most infantry units, artillery, grenadiers, as well as the NCO’s and later even the Imperial Guard.
This style sword was first introduced in the late 18th century and the new short-bladed sabre was instantly mocked for its short stature, and was named “Briquet”, a fire lighter, for its resemblance to the lighters used by the soldiers in the field. The name stuck, and became official in 1806.