French AN XIII Cuirassier Trooper's Sabre,
In good overall order, a Klingenthal (April 1815) made French
Cuirassier Trooper's Sabre with scabbard; a war trophy.
I guarantee this to be an authentic French An XIII Cuirassier sabre;
it has been re-griped in quality leather. Bought by me from a private
seller in the UK in 2010, it was originally bought from an antiques
shop in the UK 22 years before. The blade is marked to Klingenthal
in April 1815, just before Waterloo. With no markings (the French
marked and critically remarked their swords with datable markings)
to date it past Waterloo, this sabre was clearly a battlefield pickup
brought back to Britain by one of the victors.
Please note: The inspection stamps / poinçons on the blade
are correct for the blade spine's date of April 1815; French
Poinçons - B (star) for Borson, B (chained) for Bick
and L for Lobstein.
The blade is the modified spear point type that many if not most
of the blades were reground to just before Waterloo to make them
more effective at piercing an enemy's armour. The 95 cm blade is
in generally very good order though the tip area is a little rusted.
Blade firm in the hilt. The grip has been replaced with quality
(cow) leather so it should last a very long time; the ring bindings
(twisted grip wire) is recent as well of course. The scabbard is
100% authentic also but has been refinished at some stage; the number
1528 still visible on the upper suspension ring holder and G945
on the scabbard drag / shoe; it should be possible to strip this
down to the original metal (the scabbard is very sound and there
is no sign of pitting, etc.) but sometimes these things are best
left alone. Further / full sized images available upon request.
Item reference number 511.