French Model An XIII / 1854 Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, For Sale
In aged, used and somewhat battle weary condition, a scarce (to
say the least) French An XIII to 1854 Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword;
perhaps the longest service sword ever, over 40 years of conflict
to its credit!
This was originally a Napoleonic Cuirassier / Heavy Cavalry sword
that has had such a long service life; it was finally converted
to an 1854M Carabineer / Dragoon trooper's sword long after its
blade saw service for Napoleon. What is more, the 1854M hilt has
seen significant action as the crossed out rack number means the
hilt's original blade was damaged and replaced with this already
battle weary but still serviceable Napoleonic blade. The
French were involved in many conflicts in the early to mid 19C
yet lacked the resources to always have the very latest equipment
/ spares. Just look at the blade, dated late 1813 with correct
poinçons of Krantz, Bick and Lobstein to confirm this.
And the early 19C heavy scabbard, also with a different rack number
which indicates a fallen sword married to an available scabbard.
The worn grip also speaks of a long harsh service life even past
1854! This sword, or the sum of its parts thereof has quite literally
been through the wars many times.
The 37 inch spear pointed blade, despite its age and service life,
remains in good condition and is firm in the hilt. The hilt with
age and some scrapes is generally good to very good. The original
leather grip has a lot of wear and age and some small patches of
loss. The twisted grip wire bindings amazingly are still there is
a little loose (being brass, they more easily expand). The really
heavy iron scabbard is well and truly aged. The sword sheathes and
draws quite well, but because the stop washer is missing from the
blade, it can get quite stuck if you full sheath it.
If you are looking for very good condition, look elsewhere. If
you are looking for a sword with a long and no doubt brutal history,
then this one is 100% for you. A real slice of history for just
£700. Please quote item reference number U39. Further / full
sized pictures available upon request. Box 0854-1.2 (3.309).
NB: The hilt is of the same style as the 1822M cavalry of the line
sword but is not; the union point / hole for the blade is very slightly
different. This sword has an 1854 dragoon / carabineer heavy cavalry