Napoleonic French An XI Light Cavalry Trooper's
Sabre / Sword, sold
In good condition, guaranteed authentic, a scarce An XI Napoleonic
French light cavalry trooper's sword / sabre, Klingenthal made,
dated January 1813.
Actually scarcer than the heavy cavalry sword, this An XI light
cavalry sabre has no post-1815 markings that we can see, so it is
likely to have come out of French service in 1815, either retired
or captured (we bought this sword from Belgium, so who knows?).
This sword is guaranteed to be 100% authentic, no a reproduction
/ composite. The date inscription on the spine (January 1813) matches
on the forte as it should (repros do not get this right).
The 34 1/4 inch blade is in overall good condition; there is some
rust pitting near the point and the forward cutting edge has obviously
suffered some slight damage during its working life and has been
period resharpened. The blade is firm in the hilt, the brass hilt
generally good but worn / polished, the original leather grip remains
but with wear (ridge cording showing through in places) and some
small patches of loss. Both brass grip ovals are present. The very
heavy steel scabbard has age but is generally good to very good.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A well above average example. Snap it up quick before someone else
does, these Napoleonic An XI's fly out the window. Yours for £1600.
Please quote item reference number N22 (1294). Further / full sized
pictures available upon request.