Clipped Point French An XIII Cuirassier Sword,
earlier An IX blade, for sale
In overall good condition, a rare Napoleonic Wars Clipped Point
French An XIII Cuirassier Sword with earlier An IX blade.
This is almost certainly a Waterloo battle trophy because the
Versailles hilt is an An XIII version with a post December 1813
poinçon (stamp) by controller P Bick. The flat blade is that
of an earlier An IX sword with AP ("Atelier de précision"
- often wrongly alleged to be "Arsenal Paris") maker's
poinçon (the stamp next to it is an Imperial French revolutionary
symbol, a "licteur"). It is well known that the Imperial
French army was very short of weapons after the disastrous French
invasion of Russia which ultimately saw the Russians enter Paris
and which forced Napoleon into his first exile from 4th April 1814
to 7th March 1815. Many swords were put together by state and private
makers, often from older parts. This sword has to be one of those,
not least as it comes in a Mark 3 scabbard which only were made
from 1814. The scabbard has a rack number, 247, "a marriage"
which almost certainly means the sword was picked up from the battlefield
and married to a scabbard.
The 38 1/8 inch flat An IX (circa 1800) blade is in very good
condition and firm in the An XIII (circa 1814) hilt. The hilt /
guard with staining age (would clean up). The grip has lost around
50% of its leather cover and has been given a rubberized mastic
type coating to preserve it (it can be held firmly in the hand).
The Mk3 (circa 1814) chemically browned (the French did this) scabbard
is in overall good condition, but with a rust pitting patch near
one suspension ring. The sword sheathes and draws well.
You are very, very unlikely to find another Napoleonic cuirassier
sword like this, with an earlier blade. So, given it is so rare
and proves many things about the swords used in the Napoleonic Wars
/ at Waterloo, the price of £1750 is a complete and utter
bargain. Please quote item reference P94. Further / full sized images
available upon request. Box 0295-1.18 (3.280).