In good but battle damaged condition, a Waterloo French An XIII Cuirassier Trooper’s Sword.
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This sword has seen action, likely many more times then once. The model is AN XIII, which is the Revolutionary French calendar year beginning 23rd September 1804. The blade inscription “Mfture Nale de Klingenthal Coulaux frères Entrep rs” was used from 1801 to 1806 (click here). The poinçons on the hilt are for Beaumaretz and Mouton, circa 1804. The original clipped point has been field converted to spear point which happened just before Waterloo. The spear point is slightly buckled; it takes a lot of force to buckle one of these blades; the sword likely dispatched some unlucky Allied soldier. The sword ad scabbard are not original to each other; typical of battlefield pick ups where swords were dropped / lost, picked up by victors and then married up with a suitable scabbard. There are no post-Waterloo markings or modifications (the grip, the hilt) which shows the sword did not stay in French service. This is an early An XIII, likely carried / used by the same highly experienced Cuirassier who finally met his fate at Waterloo.
The 37 3/4 inch blade has tip area damage / bending typical of a strike, plus has a leopard like rust / patina patching from where the sword was kept on display outside the scabbard for years. The heavy brass hilt is aged with some tarnish but very good. The original leather grip has age, wear and dryness, plus it has lost most of its twisted grip wire. The chemically browned scabbard has some small rust spots but is overall good. The sword sheathes and draws well enough save for the last inch which is tight.
Id you want a pristine An XIII, this is not for you. If you want one that has history and been in action, particularly Waterloo, then bite my hand off for this one; was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y67. Further / full sized images available upon request. Tube 1471-125×16 (4.2).