French An XIII Cuirassier / Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, sold
A curious post-Waterloo French An XIII Cuirassier trooper's sword,
dated 1816, in good condition.
Made in February 1816, this sword appears to have been bought back
to the UK by one of the Duke of Wellington's soldiers involved in
the Allied occupation of France from 1815 to 1818. This is because
the sword has not been converted in anyway and there are no post-1816
markings. Most An XIII's were converted to the 1816M (different
lipped hilt / guard but with the same blade). There is a slight
bend in the blade, but not that bad and easily repaired. So how
this An XIII survived / came to the UK, we can only guess.
With matching weapon numbers to the hilt / guard and scabbard,
this is an original sword and scabbard. The 37 3/4 inch blade has
been converted to spear point which, together with the hilt and
scabbard weapon numbers confirm this sword was issued to a trooper
in the French army. But clearly, he did not have it for long! Perhaps
this was due to the eventual French reduction in army size, mandated
by the Allies. Why this blade has not been remounted with an 1816M
hilt / guard, and why the grip has not been converted to 18+ grip
wire turns is beyond us. Clearly it was taken out of French service
in 1816 or maybe 1817, but we can not understand why, as France
was technically an ally of the Allies after Waterloo with the reinstatement
of the French monarchy!
Blade with some rust around the forte but firm in hilt. The hilt
with some wear / light damage / bending. The original leather grip
is sound but has lost its grip wire (easily made if desired). The
browned scabbard is in good condition, some light pitting but not
too much. The sword sheathes and draws well.
We love these swords; grand design and deadly function like no
other. Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item
reference number AB93 (0151). Further / full sized images available