A French Second Empire sword
A very fine French high ranked officer sword dating from the Second Empire circa 1860. The bronze chiseled hilt depicts the Imperial bee on the pommelhead wich was Napoleon Bonaparte’s favourite design on his quarters. Known is that his most trustworthy and closest personel was aloud to wear the bee aswell on their clothing and weapons. This example might be of one of those officers wich could have respected the tradition later on his son Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte. The handle is made of mahogany and the triangular blade is blued and gilded. The guard is depicting the Imperial eagle. An excellent piece!
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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