French Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry Sword, An XIII.
This is a rare sword indeed to find in this condition, with an almost immaculate blade, showing only the lightest of grey patination, and no pitting or corrosion. This is the final pattern of the iconic sword, introduced in September 1804. The blade is marked on the spine, 'Manuf.re R.le du Klingenthal Aout 1814'. This dates the sword to the period of the First Restoration, before Napoleon Bonaparte's escape from Elba, and so would almost certainly have been carried by one of the French Cuirassiers at the Battle of Waterloo.
There are further inspection and acceptance marks to both the blade and the four bar brass hilt. The grip has been loosely rewired, but otherwise the whole is in fantastic condition. Please see details in the photographs.
The sword comes complete with it's steel scabbard, with a good overall patination.
The overall length of the sword is 116.5cm in the scabbard, 113.5cm withdrawn, with a blade length of 97cm....Read full description