French An XIII Cuirassier's Sabre, dated
A May 1816 French An XIII Cuirassier sword in very good condition.
One of the best condition An XIII's I have ever seen (I 100% guarantee
this is an authentic An XIII). A rare item as this is just prior
to the model change of the same year.
The above blade images of the date inscription and inspection marks
(poinçons) confirms this sword as authentic and made in May
1816. As I have handled many An XIII's, I have immediately noticed
the changes made by the French after the restoration of the monarchy;
the extra number of grip wire turns, the slightly amended blade,
the location of various stamps such as the Versailles hilt stamp
and rack numbers. This is an exceptionally good sword and one any
self-respecting An XIII or other collector needs to have in their
The 95.5 cm blade is in overall very good order and is firm in
the hilt. The hilt is nice and clean, no apparent damage. The original
leather grip and twisted grip wire bindings are very good, a little
aged, the wire a little loose one turn. The sword sheathes well
into its very good condition and nicely browned scabbard (the scabbard
was "browned" when made). A very good condition example.
Well worth the price tag. Further / full sized images upon request.
My item reference number is 725 (300).