Napoleonic French Epee General de la Justice,
In good condition, a rare Napoleonic French Epee General de la
Justice aux Armees Imperiales with battle honours to the blue and
gilt etched blade.
The army Justices ensured the rule of Napoleonic French law. This
very rare example has a battle honour on the blade "Bataille
de Marengo" (the Battle
of Marengo), a decisive French victory in 1800. The general
probably was a front line officer at that battle but moved to a
justice roll either through age or injury, but that is speculation.
He may have been a judge or lawyer before joining the army. Because
of the battle honour, it may be possible to identify him.
The 31 1/4 inch blade has good but worn / feint amounts of blue
and gilt etch remaining, plus is firm in the hilt. The hilt with
some gilt remaining is in good condition. The grip is good but has
some gapping between strands. The leather and gilt metal scabbard
is good but with some kinks that prevent it holding rigid horizontally
and is splitting down the back seam. The epee sheathes and draws
This is such a rare sword and with research potential. Under priced
at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
AF45 (1108). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.