Original Spanish Model 1840 Infantry Briquet Sword made in Toledo with Brass Fit Leather Scabbard - dated 1872
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a Spanish Infantry "Briquet" sword, based on the French Napoleonic era design. It's a relatively simple sword, with a blade set into a cast brass hilt with a guard. After the Napoleonic wars Spain introduced the Model 1818, which had a straight blade. This was replaced in 1840 with the curved model that we have here. It comes complete with the original brass fit leather scabbard, which are very scarce when compared to the sword itself.
The blade is engraved with the manufacturer information and date of production:
ARTA FABA DE TOLEDO 1877
We believe this to be the abbreviation for Artillería Fábrica de Toledo, or the Artillery Factory of Toledo. We have seen this marking or similar on many mid 19th Century Spanish blades, and it does not seem to indicate Artillery issue. It indicates production weapons factories of the legendary Sword-Making city of Toledo, which has a history going back to 500 BCE, and supplied blades to the Roman Legions.
Condition of the sword is very good, with the blade mostly bright with some areas of light staining oxidation. The blade is still firmly set into the hilt and does not show any major damage to the edge. The scabbard is in solid shape, though the leather is somewhat delicate, with the black finish flaking off in areas. There are not any splits or bends we can see.
A very nice late 19th century Spanish M1840 Briquet, a nice sidearm from the waning years of the Spanish Empire.
Overall length: 32 1/2”
Blade length: 27 1/4”
Blade Style: Slightly Curved Single Edge
Guard dimensions: 4 1/2" width x 6” length
Scabbard Length: 27 1/4"
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