French An XIII Cuirassier / Heavy Cavalry
An unusual French An XIII cuirassier / heavy cavalry trooper's
sword in that it was made in 1832, long after it was superceded,
in overall very good condition.
Quite why the French made this An XIII in 1832, after the model
was superceded twice (by the 1816M and then 1822M), we do not know,
but it was. The date inscription to the spine is for April 1832,
which correctly corresponds with the poinçons (inspection
stamps) on both the blade and the hilt, and there are no Napoleonic
era poinçons that we can see, so the whole sword was made
to the correct exact specification of the An XIII (right down to
hilt / guard design and the number of grip wire turns on the grip)
long after the model was replaced, perhaps for a special regiment
The 95.4 cm blade marked Klingenthal April 1832 (the "Royale"
part of the inscription has been filed off, so the sword was probably
in service in 1848 (the Second Republic era) to the spine is in
good conditions and firm in the hilt. The hilt with some bending
to the lip, nothing too major. The grip in good condition. The solid
steel scabbard is good but someone has tried to unprofessionally
remove the chemical browning it towards the chape end. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
A great example of this iconic and very interesting sword for only
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
L71 (1192). Further / full sized images available upon request.