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Title Cuirassier breast- and backplate
Nationality French
Period 1829 & 1852

This classic set was the type carried by French heavy cavalry (ie the cuirassiers) through the Napoleonic Wars, from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries. They would have been worn with the cuirassier helmet, a heavy sword and a pair of pistols.

The breastplate is arsenal marked and dated 'Klingenthal 1829', along with unit marks, all engraved in the italic scipt of the era. The backplate has a different arsenal and date: Chatellerault, March 1852, with unit marks.

The breastplate (bullet proof) weighs just over 5 kilos, the backplate a mere 1.75 kilos! The shoulder straps, waistbelt and lining are missing. Only two of the lining hooks remain on the backplate. The shoulder strap studs are missing, along with another brass stud from the neck of the breastplate. Both interiors have a black preservative finish.

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[Militaria : Armour : French : 19th Century]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

I have received the dirk and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for delivering this in a professional and timely manner.

S M, Australia, 19.07.2010