This sword represents, in silver, a style which became near universal for the period, most often in polished steel. Its elaborately pierced and studded hilt, which bears Paris hallmarks for 1798, is designed to dazzle in sun or candle light. The blade bears relatively simple decoration, embellished in gold, including a panel with a cabalistic inscription. It dates to the Directory period which predated Napoleon's declaration of himself as emperor. That period gave rise to the neoclassical fashion known in furniture and accessories as Directoire style. The delicate motifs which comprise the hilt, are a clear rejection of the rococo style which precedes it. It retains its original silver mounted parchment covered scabbard, absent the last few inches and tip mount. 28 3/4" length blade. Provenance: A.Laurent, Brussels.