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Manufacture de Versailles

Robe sword and scabbard 1802-03

Sword: silver-gilt, enamel, ivory, gold, steel. Scabbard: wood, mother-of-pearl, silver gilt | Length overall: 89.4 cm; length of blade: 74.5 cm; width 3.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 61171

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In 1799 a new system of government was introduced in France, led by three Consuls, with Napoleon being elected First Consul. A sword of this pattern was provided to each of them, although this one is of a later date and must have been a replacement for the original. It was acquired by George IV with a certificate swearing that it had belonged to Napoleon himself.