Outstanding Quality French Napoleonic Era Pioneer Officer's Sword. This is by far the finest and most impressive example of this very scarce sword pattern used by French sappers during the first quarter of 19th century. Without a doubt this magnificent sword is a higher rank officer's weapon, being of superb quality and wearing a massive broad single edged blade with huge fuller to each side and great long false edge tip area, retaining its original mirrored steel finish with very light scattered patina and featuring fabulous bright blued and gilt panels to the lower blade with maker's logo on each side, almost no wear, the blade was preserved in fantastic near mint condition for over 200 years. Massive solid brass hilt with fabulous rooster head pommel and feathered grip, retaining much of the original gold gilt finish with just normal light wear considering the substantial age of the weapon. Solid overall and with its original leather scabbard showing some wear and having gilt brass mounts en suite to the hilt. Overall length: 34 1/2". Blade length: 26 1/2"