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    French Navy Briquet Sword?

    Hello
    What are your thoughts on this sword?
    I was thinking early 1800s?
    Blade is 23 inches.
    Anchors etched on both sides with a tiny anchor only on one side.
    I saw the French Navy cutlass version with the large hand guard, but cant find the briquet type.
    Thank you
    tony
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    Looks like the briquet An IX marine as you say, missing the domed pommel cap which covers the top rivet.

    Is there inscription on the back of the blade?

    Only thing a little odd is the somewhat square profile of the guard, originally rounded.

    See this example for comparison:

    https://www.thierrydemaigret.com/lot/87402/8037199

    Quite rare.

    Jerry

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    Hi Jerry
    Thank you for the help.
    Only the spine of the blade is marked. ( Coulaux Freres)
    Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
    Tony

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    Hi Tony
    Sorry I failed to notice your second post with that info.

    Would have read 'Manufre Natl Coulaux Freres Entreps' originally, but many of these were rubbed out after Napoleon's departure.

    Jerry

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    Marines briquet usually have an anchor on the hilt. This looks like a French cutlass blade rehilted on a briquet, especially with that rough peen job.

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    Here is an actual Marine briquet. The blade is very different. https://www.bertrand-malvaux.com/en/...er-empire.html

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    Hello Gentleman
    Thank you for the info and links, very helpful.

    So. basically I have a French cutlass blade with a refitted hilt.
    Was this a common practice back then?
    Thank you
    Tony

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    Not really. I think this was done in recent times.

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