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Title Cuirassier's sword (an XI)
Nationality French
Period 1813
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This is the great classic heavy cavalry sword of the Napoleonic Wars. This example was made in Klingenthal in October 1813. It has an 1816 pattern scabbard with matching numbers to the hilt. This was carried from year 11 of the Revolution (1789, ie c 1800) throughout the middle and later stages of the Napoleonic Wars.

The hilt has a little buckling to the back of the stool (flat plate of the guard). Apart from this, the piece is in excellent shape, the grip being original, the scabbard having a nice brown age patination and the blade being in wonderful shape with only the word 'Manufacture' being somewhat indistinct at the beginning of the inscription. These blades were originally hatchet-pointed and then they were later spear-pointed in the same way that the English 1796 heavy cavalry sword was treated for the Waterloo Campaign.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : French : 19th Century]


Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Bayonet arrived safe + sound this AM Sat. Special delivery excellent again. Worth the few extra bob. To be honest it was better than I dared hope. I usually avoid polished bits like the plague!! Your price was a bit fierce!! - but a great marking I lacked... Please email me anytime you have anything that might be of interest.

C W, UK, 09.09.2006