C.1790’s French Napoleonic Lions-Head Infantryman’s Short Sword

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A very rare c.1790's French Napoleonic Lions-Head Infantryman's Short Sword.  With distinctive lions-head pommel and heavy cast brass hilt with lions mane decoration to its length.  The grip is secured with domed brass rivets.  The leaf-shaped blade is stamped with a maker's mark and there is a stamp to the top of the crossguard.  The stamp comprises the letters M and R.  This relates to the de Cabannes swordmakers and this mark is dated to 1791 (see pictures below). Is an interesting piece and I assume that it would have been carried by a particular branch of service - perhaps artillery?

C.1790's French Napoleonic Lions-Head Infantryman's Short Sword complete with original scabbard

The blade is also engraved with a series of unknown letters near the forte.  The sword comes complete with its original leather and brass mounted scabbard.  The blade has some age and service wear and the scabbard brass mounts is mis-shapen to the chape.

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