For the field (battle) with bronze hilt. Stirrup form guard and early plumed helmet pommel. Reeded ebony grip. 28 ½” straight s.e. blade with broad fullers marked VIVA NAPOLEON/L’EMPEREUR DE FRANCE dating it post Dec. 2, 1804. Additional crowned eagle, lattice panels and foliage, all with most original bright gold. Remnants of the blued ground as well. Very rare. The dedication suggests endorsement of Napoleon’s proclamation which was controversial, (Beethoven withdrew his dedication of the 3rd symphony as a result.) and suggests a date within the immediate period of the announcement. Historic.