French 1816 Model Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
In very good condition, a Klingenthal made French 1816 Model Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword with earlier Napoleonic blade.
The blade is dated January 1815 (with
correct poinçons) and would have originally been fitted
to an An XIII (Napoleonic) hilt. Heavy cavalry swords that stayed
in service with the French after Waterloo were mostly converted
in 1816M's (the hilt changed with a ridged forward guard and the
grip has more grip wire turns). Very few new blades were made as
plenty of An XIII blades existed already (in fact, An XIII blades
also made it into some special 1822 hilts). This example is very
nice not just because of its condition, but also that it has matching
numbers to the hilt and scabbard.
The 37 5/8 inch blade in very good condition and firm in the hilt.
The brass hilt is also good. The leather grip is original and has
all the twisted grip present and correct. The solid / heavy original
chemically browned steel scabbard is in good shape, some rust hear
and there, mostly towards and around the drag, but nothing serious.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A superb example and just £? (too late, now sold). Please
quote item reference number AE83 (1015). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.