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French 1816 Model Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword, sold

In very good condition, a Klingenthal made French 1816 Model Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword with earlier Napoleonic blade.

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Sold Item Notice

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.

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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.

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