1816 Model French Cuirassier / Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, sold
In very good condition, a rare 1816 Model French Cuirassier (heavy
cavalry) trooper's sword and scabbard, dated December 1819.
1816M's are rare, especially outside France because they replaced
the An XIII used in the Napoleonic wars yet there were still plenty
of the former version available for a French army now at peace and
constrained by treaty / the allies, and then it was replaced in
1822. In fact, many of the 1816's you find are fitted with earlier
An XIII blades, but not this one, it has the new 1816M blade as
well, so it is a particularly rare 1816M heavy cavalry swords.
Dated December 1819 along the spine of the blade and with the correct
(inspection stamps) of Bureau, Bick and Lobstein, the impressive
38 1/2 inch spear pointed blade is in very good condition, though
a little worn from drawing and sheathing the sword, which is good
as the sword was clearly in use a lot. Blade firm in the hilt. The
hilt in particularly good condition for a 200 year old sword. The
original leather grip and twisted grip wire bindings are excellent.
The hilt with numerous poinçons / acceptance stamps. The
blackened steel scabbard in very good condition. The sword sheathes
and draws very well.
A tip top example of a rare sword. Please quote item reference
H76 (1005). Further / full sized images available upon request.