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Exceptionally Rare Unaltered Hatchet Tip French Model AN XIII Cuirassier Saber

38.375" (97.5cm) hatchet tipped, tapered single-edged blade. 1.375" wide at ricasso with two wide fullers running nearly the full length of the blade. 44.875" in overall length. Spine engraved in a single line "Manufre Rle de Kinglenthal Nbre 1814". Reverse ricasso with illegible inspection mark, obverse blade marked in upper fuller with Klingenthal inspections of a "{* over B in an oval}" for Bourson, an "{L in a circle}" for Lobstein and a "{partially wreathed B}" for Bick. All are correct inspection marks for the production date on the spine. Another "{* over B in an oval}" inspection is found on the top of the inner face of the brass guard, with the inspection letters "V, F and B" on the face of the guard. 6.5" hilt with heavy brass guard with three branches and a knuckle bow with the reverse of the knuckle bow stamped "VERSAILLES" and the upper rear of the bow, where it meets the pommel cap stamped "BELGIUM". A partially obscured inspector's mark is stamped over the "V" in Versailles, making it difficult to see. An "{asterisk}" and the letter "V" are stamped on the interior of the guard where the three outer branches come together. Leather covered wood grip with cord wrap and 13 rows of twisted brass wire. Saber is accompanied by a metal scabbard with two suspension rings that has as a symmetrical lyre-shaped drag and a riveted throat. Top of throat inspected with a small asterisk and with a small "{r in a circle}" on the upper mount. Scabbard measures 39.625" in overall length.

This Versailles hilted, Klingenthal bladed French AN XIII Heavy Cavalry Saber was produced in the winter 1814, roughly four months prior to the 100 Days and is a rare example of an unmodified AN XIII saber that retains its original hatchet tip and has not been altered to spear point as was done with most AN XIII sabers in inventory circa 1816. As such, the saber is almost certainly a Waterloo trophy, as swords that were still in French service after that battle were almost universally modified. The "Belgium" mark on the guard suggests that the saber remained in Beligum after the battle and was later exported to another country at a time when the "country of origin" of an item had to be applied to it for importation. A wonderful opportunity to own a correct Waterloo period French Cuirassier Saber.

Condition:

Fine. Blade retains some original polish with patches of light surface oxidation and age discoloration along with some freckling along the entire blade. Blade remains full length and unaltered. Brass hilt with a pleasing, untouched mustard patina. Markings on blade and hilt mostly legible with some inspection marks weak from either poor strikes or wear on the scabbard throat. Grip retains slightly less than half of the leather covering with apparently all of the grip cording and twisted wire wrap in place, although loose. Scabbard is very good with an old added coat of black paint that could be removed. Scabbard is full-length, solid and free of any serious dings or dent. Metal shows some apparent oxidized surface roughness under the paint. 

Starting Price: $1,200
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
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