Napoleonic French An XI Light Cavalry Trooper's
Almost certainly a Waterloo battle trophy, this 100% authentic
Napoleonic French An XI light cavalry sword is in very good overall
First; we 100% guarantee this is an authentic Napoleonic French
An XI light cavalry sword (NOT one of the many reproductions often
sold as authentic elsewhere). This particular sabre has a date inscription
of June 1813 to the blade's spine. The sword has the tell-tale fine
grind line that says it was sharpened though has been since made
safe. The blade is slightly bent for the last third, a sign it was
involved in a fall. The bending could be easily corrected, but it
is not too pronounced and we think adds to the sword.
The blade has the correct inspection marks (poinçons)
for the date on the spine, and several markings to the hilt.
The 34 5/8 inch blade is in very good condition, some wear (scuffing)
but not much, and is firm in the hilt. The date inscription is now
feint, but the poinçons still clear. The hilt also good,
as are the grip and the grip buttons. Browned (period chemically
browned) steel scabbard very good. The sword sheathes and draws
well though is tight when fully sheathed.
A well above average example. Please quote item number L11 (1194-3.847).
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