In very good condition, a very rare original Napoleonic French An XIII Cuirassier Trooper’s Sword
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Guaranteed original, authentic and untouched – the An XIII is our favourite of all swords and we have handled many; we know about these swords much more than most.
Note the clipped point blade and Lyre drag to the heavy steel scabbard. Note the inscription to the blade’s spine, Mfure Impale du Klingenthal Coulaux frères (used from 1806 to 1810) and inspection / view marks (poinçons) of Nicolas CHERRER (Director Inspector 6th June 1807 – 12th December 1808) and Jean-Jacques MOUTON (Controller 4th July 1798 – 21st February 1809), dating this sword from 6th June 1807 – 12th December 1808.
Very rare? Very rare to find an original massive 38 1/4 inch clipped point blade (almost all were field / regiment converted to spear point in 1815 and onward). Very, very rare to find an original heavy steel Lyre drag scabbard.
An enigma! Almost certainly the explanation as to why this sword remained in untouched condition, to the point the solid brass hilt still has the brazing burn to the area of the guard heated to make pliable to join the pommel. Plus, no regimental markings to the outside guard! Just a fitter’s number poinçon (39) on the inside. We believe this sword stayed intact / never entered service because the blade Reviser at Klingenthal (Lobstein) did not add his poinçon for whatever reason, most likely an oversight; really, Imperial French Bureaucracy (the birthplace of constrained officialdom) ruled! There can surely be no other reason; the sword is as perfect as they come, and incredibly in virtually mint condition. Of course, the brass brazing burn is easily removed but who would want to do that?
The 38 1/4 inch blade is in exceptional condition and firm in the hilt. The brass hilt shows some age tarnish but no so much. The original leather grip has some age deterioration, but not much. The original grip wire bindings are in very good condition. The heavy steel scabbard has some cleaning marks but is very good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
OMG. You will almost certainly never get the chance to own or even hold another, let alone in such original condition, so grab it quick, was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y60. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1464-129x16x16 (3.529).