Created from the resources at hand. The 12 3/4” hollow face triangular blade reduced from an earlier smallsword. Elegantly formed guard made for the weapon in the taste of the period. Turned wood grip with brass base mount. Faceted iron pommel. The 1848 Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the monarchy and establishment of the Second Republic. As with the first Revolution which resulted in Napoleon an emperor, peasant and elite lived in fear. Men armed themselves as best they could and battles between revolutionaries and government forces were fought in the streets of French cities. Every man, regardless his politics, needed protection and vast numbers of such improvised weapons were produced. Today, surviving examples are quite rare.