Mid-19C French An XIII Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, for sale
In good condition, a rare Mid-19C French An XIII Cuirassier Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword, made by Châtellerault.
Although made 20+ years after Waterloo, this An XIII Cuirassier
sword is rarer than the original Napoleonic original. Superceded
several times by other French heavy cavalry swords, the An XIII
was still produced in limited numbers, this one after the Klingenthal
factory closed in 1836. The poinçons, especially the B in
circle hilt poinçon for Inspector Bisch, shows this sword
was made by the state arms maker Châtellerault between 1840
and 1844. The spine inscription is feint, typical of Châtellerault,
but is still there. And this is no specimen sword, as it has a weapon
/ rack number to the hilt, so it was issued to a French Cuirassier
Trooper and most likely saw active service as the original hatchet
point has been spear pointed for battle use / readiness.
The 37 13/16 inch blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt.
The brass hilt in good shape. The original leather of the grip has
some shrinkage gaps and general wear, plus has lost its twisted
grip wire bindings. The chemically browned heavy steel scabbard
is good but has some age (loss of browning). The sword sheathes
and draws a bit loosely (the interior of the scabbard is a different
design to the metal ridges employed by the original An XIII; it
appears to have relied upon wooden slats for blade retention, and
the slats are gone).
If you like An XIIIs, this is one you should not leave out of your
collection due to its rarity. And a rare low price too: £1000.
Please quote item reference number U38. Further / full size images
available upon request. Box 0852-1.2 (3.470).