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French / Italian Napoleonic An XIII Cuirassier Sword, Barisoni, sold

An Italian An XIII made by Barisoni of Milan, originally for a Napoleonic Italian Cuirassier, later used by a French Cuirassier at the Battle of Waterloo, in good overall order.

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Sold Item Notice

This is a very rare An XIII, made by an Italian maker, Barisoni, when Italy was a client state of the French Empire. It would have originally been made for an Italian heavy cavalry trooper, but it obviously stayed in the service of the French Grand Army after it lost its hold on Italy after April 1814, and then went on to be carried by a French Cuirassier at the Battle of Waterloo. How do I know this? Because the blade's point has been converted to spear point, which happened just before the Battle of Waterloo. Further, it is a battle trophy of Waterloo, otherwise the sword would not have survived as is in France when the French monarchy was restored. So the only time and place for it to be converted to spear point was just before that famous battle, and it can only be a British soldier's war trophy.

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The 37 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but having acquired a patina of course. Firm in the hilt, the brass hilt is also in good order. The grip has been replaced at some stage in time, quite sympathetically / authentically.

This is an authentic Napoleonic Italian An XIII which saw battle at Waterloo. Beware of the vast sea of reproductions on the market, many fraudulently aged / marked.

This is a double bonus sword; a Waterloo battle trophy and a rare make. So £850 is a very good price. Full sized images upon request. The item reference number is 936 (436).

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