Antique Napoleonic French Napoleon Light Cavalry Sabre Sword Model AN XI
Antique, French Napoleonic, light cavalry Sabre, Model AN XI (1803 A.D.) This Napoleonic sabre was introduced for the French, Chasseurs, Hussar regiments, and the Polish Lancers of the Vistula Legion (please see the last picture from the reference book attached in the listing) of the first Empire Napoleonic Army, and was known as a “Sabre Cavalerie Legere Modele AN XI” – Year 11 of the Revolutionary calendar.
A long broad, slightly curved steel blade cut with full-length fuller, three bar brass guard with downcurving qullion and elliptical langets, integral back piece with a helmet pommel and a wooden robust grip covered with leather, with two halfed olive brass buttons, has a massive heavy duty steel scabbard with two suspension rings.
The blade is well marked with "poinçons" (inspection marks). Markings: Ricasso stamped with “L” in an ellipse, François Louis Lobstein, 1811-1821. “B” in round laurel wreath, “1812-May 1815. K" (under the star) J.I. Krantz, 1812-1814. After the restoration of the monarchy in France, The Klingenthal arsenal inscription on the spine baring Manufacture Impériale (Mf ure Imp ale du Klingenthal Coulaux frères) had been removed from the swords which were used by the Bourbon French Royal Army. However, there is still a slightly visible date 1814.
So, this example could have been at the Battle of Waterloo. The brass knuckle bow marked on the one side with rack number "303" and engraved 418-058-137 is possibly a later addition. On the other side of the knuckle bow are traces of an oval inspector mark.
The steel scabbard is stamped twice on the suspension mount and matching to the hilt rack number "303”. The tip of the scabbard has remains of an inspector mark and engraved with the matching number, as on the brass knuckle bow 418-058-137, possibly a later addition.
Be warned, there are many, many reproductions of the French An XI light cavalry sword on the market, but this is a rare authentic period sabre.
CONDITION: The sword is in remarkable condition, considering its age to be over 200 years old with signs of age and usage, two notches on the scabbard were possibly made by strikes of an enemy sword during combat.
MEASUREMENTS Overall length (with the scabbard): 105.5cm (41.54inches). Length of the sword (without the scabbard): 100.5 cm (39.57 inches).
REFERENCES: 1.SABRES ET DES EPEES TOME 1 by Michel PETARD.Page 176-177,185. 2.Napoléon Et Ses Soldats, tome 2: De Wagram à Waterloo, 1809-1815 by Paul Willing.Page:31. We will also provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity.