This Napoleonic saber was introduced for the french light cavalry in 1803, and was known as a "Sabre Cavalerie Legere M AN XI". Année XI (Year 11) takes its designation from the Revolutionary Calendar used in France from the declaration of the Republic on 22nd September 1792 (Day 1 of Year 1) until the Gregorian calendar was restored by Napoleon in January 1806. The design of ths sabre makes for excellent cutting and slashing capability and still remains useful in the thrust. In fact, this sword was so popular that it remained in use long after Napoleon's star had fallen and was wielded by both sides in the American Civil War. The US M1860 light cavalry saber was based upon this design. The blade of this reproduction is copied from a Klingenthal sword dated 1813, and is forged out of 1050 carbon steel. Features include a long, wide fuller and a very sharp, practical point, a grip wrapped in black leather, and a stout brass three bar hilt. This sword comes complete with a heavy duty polished steel scabbard with dual ring mounts.
length: 39 1/2"
blade: 34 1/2"
blade width: 1 3/16"
guard: 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"
interior grip length: 4"
balance point: 6 1/4" from guard
weight (sword): 2 lb 2.5 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 3 lb 13.5 oz