Sabrage Swords

Champagne Sabrage Sword

Champagne Sabrage Sword

Ref: fg0893

Price: 142.92

Sabrage is the ceremonial opening of a champagne bottle with a saber. The saber is slid along the body of the bottle toward the neck. The force of the blade hitting the lip separates the collar from the neck of the bottle. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck.

This technique became popular in France when the army of Napoleon visited many of the aristocrat domains. It was just after the French revolution and the saber was the weapon of choice of Napoleon's fearsome cavalry (the Hussar). Napoleon's spectacular victories across all Europe gave them plenty of reason to celebrate. During these parties the cavalry would open the Champagne with their sabers. Napoleon probably encouraged this and is known to have said: "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it."

There are many stories about this tradition. One of the more spirited tales is that of Madame Clicquot who had inherited her husband’s small Champagne house at the age of 27. She used to entertain Napoleon's officers in her vineyard and as they rode off in the early morning with their complementary bottle of Champagne, they would open it with their saber to impress the rich young widow.

This Champagne Sabre (use of which is known as Sabrage) has its own display stand.

Length = 415mm approx
Weight = 0.56kg without stand
Hilt measures : 20mm x 28mm high


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