Napoleonic Carabiniers Sabre

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Napoleonic Carabiniers Sabre

 The Carabiniers-à-Cheval were among the foremost cavalry units in Napoleon’s Grande Armée.

Although there were only two regiments of Carabinieri, they served with distinction in many of

Napoleon’s campaigns. They were composed of tall, hand-picked veterans and the Carabinieri

unit was expected to serve the function of the more numerous and lesser ranking Cuirassier

armored cavalry - to break infantry units asunder in a stampede of steel and to repulse any

enemy cavalry. Their record was nigh-impeccable until they were broken in brutal fighting in

the Battle of Borodino during the fateful Russian campaign. They withstood numerous charges

and heavy fighting from Russian dragoons and hussars, weakened they met their match with

Russian Cuirassiers who forced them to withdraw. With the loss of so many men and their

specialty black horses the unit was never the same and had a chequered record until redeeming

themselves with their conduct at Waterloo.

The Carabinieri name derives from their origin as light-armed mounted carbine troops. By

Napoleon’s time they had evolved into heavy cavalry and were part of the French military until

being disbanded in 1871 after the fall of the Second French Empire. Until 1809 the Carabiniers

were outfitted akin to the Mounted Imperial Guard Grenadiers; long blue coats with tall

bearskin hats. The Carabiniers were initially un armoured, but after a hard-fought combat with

Austrian lance-armed Uhlans in 1809 that left too many Carabiniers dead and wounded,

Napoleon ordered them to be equipped with armour. The armour was similar to that already

worn by the Cuirassier - a heavy breast and backplate with helmet. The proud Carabiniers

however, refused to be adorned in steel-only armour that would make them look like the

‘’inferior’’ Cuirassiers. In appeasement, the steel armour of the Carabiniers was sheathed in

bronze, giving them the appearance of classical heroes on the battlefield. Equipped as thus and

mounted on select black warhorses, the Carabiniers were one of the most striking and

intimidating mounted cavalrymen of the day.

 

Specifications:

 

Total length: 114,30 cm

Blade length: 97,79 cm

Weight with scabbard: 1.900 kg

 

 

This Carabinier straight sabre has a blade of unsharpened, tempered high carbon steel. It is

engraved with ‘’Carabiniers Dela Republique Francoise’’ on both sides. The hilts of the sword

were cast in bronze to match the heroically-inspired armour of the man who wielded it and the

grip is of hardened black leather with inlaid bronze wire. The grip has an integrated leather

loop.

 

The set includes scabbard made of black leather with brass accents.