Sabre d'officier de cavalerie legere, An
A Napoleonic French light cavalry officer's blue and gilt An XIII
sabre in good condition.
A good An XIII light cavalry officer's sword, possibly a British
battle trophy (from Waterloo). This is a campaign (fighting) sabre
courtesy of the solid steel scabbard, plus there is some (though
not detrimental) period damage to the cutting edge of the blade.
The blade retaining some blue and gilt etching. The sword knot presumed
period. Marked to fourbisseur "I S L F" under one langet.
The 32 1/8 inch blade is in overall good condition but with some
sign of combat use and the blue and gilt etching now feint. Blade
firm in hilt, the hilt / guard overall good. The leather grip and
twisted grip wire bindings are in good shape, a small gap between
the grip and backpiece (happens when wood base of grip dry shrinks).
The steel field scabbard is in good condition with some light pitting
and patina. The sword sheathes and draws very well. The sword knot
/ portapee is fraying in places, but sound.
A really good Napoleonic French light cavalry officer's fighting
sabre; who knows what stories it could tell. A bargain and investment
at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AB60
(0112). Further / full sized photos available upon request.