French 1816 Model Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry
Sword dated 1819, sold
In very good condition, a scarce Model 1816 French cuirassier
/ heavy cavalry trooper's sword, dated 1819.
This 1816M is in the best condition we have ever seen. Although
the blade is dated to January 1819, from the construction, we believe
this is actually a blade made during Napoleonic times with the old
date inscription removed and a new one added, which was quite a
common practice to utilize older yet still serviceable blade but
to remove anything "Imperial" on them. We say this because
the blade's forte and flat spine is indicative the blade once was
fitted into (or made to fit into) the Napoleonic An XIII predecessor
of the 1816M, and that the inspection marks (poinçons) confirm
this. So the blade may well have seen some action previously under
Napoleon's Grande Armie before being redated and remounted into
In any event, this is a fine sword and in great condition. The
37 1/2 inch spear pointed blade is in excellent shape and firm in
the hilt. The hilt condition is very good and the grip, which normally
is aged, is in very good condition with the twisted grip wire bindings
intact; perfect! The browned steel scabbard is also very good; the
sword sheathes and draws extremely well. This is a well above average
We consider this to be a golden opportunity and superb investment.
Please quote item reference F58 (912). Further / full sized images
available upon request.