The model An XI Cuirassiers sword was so called because it was originally designed in the eleventh year of the Republican Calendar (1804). These swords were used to devastating effect by Napoleon’s heavy cavalry regiments.
The 975mm straight, single edged blade has a flat spine and twin fullers that continue to the original hatchet point. The sword was made at the Klingenthal factory in October 1814 and bears the Klingenthal inspection stamps of François Louis Lobstein, Lt. Col. Etienne Borson (Klingenthal Director), and Jean Georges Bick. The spine is clearly engraved with the Klingenthal armoury name and manufacture date.
The blade is in very good condition with minimal speckles of pale grey tarnish. The blade shows contact nicks on the cutting edge and parry marks on the spine.
The barred Arco guard is stamped with the serial number 1318. This matches the serial number on the top ring band of the scabbard. The inside of the knuckle bow is stamped with the worn poincon of Etienne Borson. The rear of the beaked quillon bears the poincon of Joseph Bisch. The leather wrapped grip has small losses and wear consistent with age and use. The 12 turns of twisted brass wire are intact.
The sword is complete with its original scabbard bearing a matching serial number to the sword. Sword and scabbard have been together since they were first issued 210 years ago. The throat of the scabbard and lyre-shaped shoe bear inspection poincon. The top ring band is stamped with the serial number 1318. The scabbard is in very good condition, free from dents or damage with minor speckled tarnish along its length.
This is a guaranteed genuine Napoleonic Wars Cuirassiers sword dating from 1814. Napoleonic period cuirassier’s swords are rarely found in such good condition and so well marked.
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