French 1816 model Cavalry of the Line trooper's sabre

French 1816 model Cavalry of the Line trooper's sabre

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    CAUTION – THIS IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL MARTIAL WEAPON – DECOMISSION THE BLADE BEFORE WALL MOUNTING. DO NOT USE FOR SPARRING. DO NOT USE FOR THEATRICAL OR RE-ENACTMENT PURPOSES. CHECK THE LAWS IN YOUR STATE OR COUNTRY PERTAINING TO WEAPONS OWNERSHIP BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE. STORE SAFELY AND HANDLE WITH CAUTION.

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    French 1816 model Cavalry of the Line trooper's sabre

    (With Steel Scabbard)

     THIS SWORD IS A RECENTLY MANUFACTURED FUNCTIONAL REPRODUCTION

    FREE POSTAGE FOR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

     

    This sword was the replacement for Napoleon's AN XIII Cuirassier sabre, this fearsome 1816 Model cavalry of the line trooper's sword was also exported from France to the USA. Decades later, they were to appear on the battlefields of the US Civil War, wielded by both sides. In the middle to late 19th century, sabres became less and less effective on the battlefield, becoming indicators of rank rather than weapons to be taken seriously, but when this particular model was developed, the sabre was still considered a crucial battlefield weapon, and as such, it's built for the job. When it came out, it was considered the finest sword for its purpose ever designed. The novel style of hilt was named "Gothic" and it would become a common form of sabre hilt for the next fifty years, although the "Gothic" epithet is (to my mind) inappropriate as the design was not reminiscent of an earlier age.

    This sabre, proudly brought to you by THE HILLSIDE FORGE (Illawarra, NSW) is of course full tang, also tempered and hand forged from EN45 steel. It's sharp, and the guard is solid brass - not cheap coated alloy. It has a steel scabbard, as per the original, with two steel rings. These rings were intended for a baldric or belt attachment, but they're also excellent for wall mounting too I have found! Its point of balance and weight distribution carries the blade easily through swings and the wielder is rewarded with an interesting whooshing sound when the edge is aligned properly, also the zing sound when it's swiftly pulled from the scabbard is quite something. This sword not only looks good, but it even sounds good - the sound of freedom! 

     

    Weight: 0.92 kg
    Overall length: 103 cm
    Blade length: 86 cm
    Blade width: 3 cm at base, tapering slightly 
    Grip length: 11 cm
    Guard width: 11.8 cm
    Point of Balance: 21.3 cm from guard plate
    Centre of Percussion: Indeterminate

     

     

     

     

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