One of Napoleon’s Swords
- Sold in an auction in Fonteinebleau, France in 2007 for $6.4m
- The sword was declared a national treasure in 1978
The inspiration for this sword’s design is said to have come during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. He noticed that the swords used by the Arabs, which were also curved, were very effective in cutting off the heads of their French enemies.
After the battle in Italy, Napoleon gave the sword to his brother as a wedding gift and it was then passed down the family through the generations. It belonged to eight of the emperor’s descendants, was believed to be the last of Napoleon’s blades in private hands.
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