French An XIII Cuirassier's Heavy Cavalry
Sword Versailles Hilt (sold)
Blade dated 1810, a Waterloo / 100 Days War trophy, in good and
well used order (the sword has all the signs of being drawn and
sheathed many times).
The Klingenthal blade dated September 1810, you can see the scabbard
runner wear marks on both sides of this very fine blade near the
ricasso; this means the sword has been drawn and sheathed many times.
It has scant few inspection marks to the hilt, so I believe this
sword stayed with the same Imperial French heavy cavalry trooper
for some years. With the scabbard wear marks to the blade, this
very much raises the likelihood this sword was carried by the same
man in many battle charges. I suspect the sword saw action against
the Russians as well as the British, Prussians and other allies.
It may well have seen action in the Peninsular War as well. The
spear point blade and lack of any post-1815 inspection marks (poinçons)
and the fact I bought it in England from an estate sale basically
guarantees that this sword is a Waterloo / 100 Days War trophy.
The scabbard wear has obliterated some of the original blade inspection
/ acceptance marks (poinçons), though the markings for Marion,
Bock and Bisch (see: Manufacture
d'Etat) are correct for blades marked Klingenthal
September 1810. The inside of the hilt also has the Versailles
stamp to make this sword even more desirable to collectors.
The sword has some very big plus points, not least the scabbard
draw wear. The sword clearly was hung over a fireplace for many
years. I say this because of the grip leather and the fact the hilt
tarnish came off relatively easily when I cleaned it. The grip leather
clearly had dried out and some, then someone restored it as best
as I suspect can be done. The grip retains I think about 50% of
the original leather grip; the rest is mastic formed to compliment
the leather and its condition. It has been sympathetically done
and the leather has been preserved well. What is also very good
is that the original twisted grip wire bindings are complete and
sound. The grip is fairly sound and will stand some handling but
it is not for those who want to wield the sword. The grip could
be replaced; I have had this done before myself for around 100 Euros
but personally I think that would be desecration; I would personally
keep the grip as is and be happy to connect with the original French
cavalryman via the 50% or so original leather.
The lovely 37 1/2 inch blade is firm in the hilt. I have cleaned
the hilt to leave some aging to compliment the rest of the sword
and scabbard; it would clean up to near new if desired (if someone
say replaced the grip, they might consider this). The sword sheathes
and draws very well in the steel scabbard which has some light pitting
overall but is very sound / above average condition. Further / full
sized images upon request. My item reference number is 852 - (347).