Saber of sergeant master gunner © Musée national de la Marine / S. Dondain
Sergeant Master-Gunner Saber
Inscr. : I Rt. DARTILLERIE.MARINE; MAITRE.CANONNIER
L. total 73,3 x L. blade 59,7
The museum's collections did not yet contain a gunner's gun: only two soldier gunners of the 1772 and 1784 models were in stock.
From 1792, the model of saber acquired by the museum now distinguishes the gunners gradés. Now, in its time, it was only provided to the 160 sergeants of the 1er Regiment of Marine Artillery, which from the beginning gave it an extreme rarity. This specimen is the only witness certified to date of this ephemeral formation: this regiment was indeed created by decree of the 14 June 1792 and suppressed the 28 January 1794.
This is a Navy trooper's light saber designed on the 1782 Infantry Light Saber model. The production of this weapon, identified by the punch with the cock, is original: in order to supply the needs of the war, from 1792, multiple iron workshops, in Paris and in the Province, were converted into makeshift workshops for the production of weapons. They were named Republican Workshops.