The "Gardes du Directoire" become in 1797 the "Horse Grenadiers". They join in the Imperial Guard in 1804. Their uniform is almost the same than the Foot Grenadiers, with their typical fur hat.
They are provided with a new saber in 1802-1803 (An XI kind), made by the Versaille factory, a grenade decorating the hilt. The scabbard, opened on the sides to show the black leather covered shaft, is also well known. It was used until 1810. The officers had a more decorated hilt, ad the one shown on our copy.
Length : 117 cm