AN XI Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword Napoleon Army




This the sword created for all light cavalry regiments of the Napoléon Grand Armée. 

The AN XI saber for the chasseurs, hussars, lancers.

The equivalent of the english 1796 Pattern saber for the Napoléon Grande Armée. 

The French An XI light cavalry sword 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 the Emperor Napoleon in January 1806. 

Based on marks and inscription, this sword was made in 1809 or 1810.




The three bar guard flows well into the rest of the hilt.  The pommel back strap piece has a slight tilt forward to complete the hilt elegance.

The sword is dated between 1808 to 1809.

Thick steel scabbard with two suspension rings






Chasseur by L Rousselot ©


© SabresEmpire


This sword was manufactured at Klingenthal. It has a leather-wrapped grip without twisted wire and two olive shape nuts to maintain the grip, an Hungarian heritage from the old Hussars swords.

Very heavy duty weapon for all Light cavalry, Hussars, Lancers, Horse Chasseurs.

Used during all Napoleon campaigns.

It weights 2.53 kg with scabbard and 1.21 kg without.

The blade is 87 cm long and 3.7 cm wide





Reconnaissance in the wood by Giuseppe Rava ©


© SabresEmpire






Marks on the side branch
"M" from Claude Marion, Inspector from 1808-1811
 "B" for JG Bick, controller from 1809-1812
"18" a rack number, the 18 th Hussar did not exist during the Napoleonic period.




"Manufacture Impériale Klingenthal Coulaux Fréres"
So a sword created prior to the 29 April 1810 inscription change


Chasseur from Young Guard by L Rousselot ©


87 cm long curved blade


Markings "M" for Claude Marion, Inspector from 1808-1811
"B" for JG Bick, controller from 1809-1812
"18" a rack number




Gardes d'Honneur 2th Rgt and Trumpet 4th Rgt







Buglar 1Th Hussar from L Rousselot ©








Chevau-Leger 3Th Regmt from L Rousselot ©



Although new models of light cavalry sabre were introduced in 1816 and 1822, it is clear that the An XI remained in use for a considerable period after it was officially superseded. 

Blades dating from 1824 and 1830 have been observed by the author and the sabre is mentioned in the "Journal Militaire Officiel of 1845 as still being in service.


The current model French sabre F1 is also a modern day copy of the Year 11...and Marshall Lyautey was carrying an old AN XI in 1925!

156 000 swords AN XI will be produced during the First Empire and 25 000 AN IX, the former pattern.


Markings on the blade "M" from Claude Marion, Inspector
from 1808-1811, "B" for JG Bick, controller from 1809-1812 








Chasseur a Cheval de La Garde Royale in 1817, the AN XI pattern
remaining in service after Waterloo (© Benigni)





NCO 9 th Hussar bis






French Hussar of Royal Guard in 1824
still carrying an AN XI pattern sword