French Napoleonic Klingenthal An XIII Cuirassier
Almost certainly a Waterloo battlefield trophy, this spear pointed
Klingenthal made An XIII Cuirassier sword is in good condition.
Why was this An XIII French heavy cavalry sword a battle trophy
from Waterloo? Because a) I bought it in England, b) it has a spear
point blade but no post 1815 "poinçons" (inspection
stamps). The exact date of manufacture of this sword is not known
because the maker and date inscription along the spine is now very
feint (you can just make out some of it), but I know it was made
between the 1st June 1811 and 1st January 1812 because of the poinçons
on the blade, one being a star over the initial "P" for
Capitaine Jean Pache (plus a wreathed "B" for Bick and
an "L" for Lobstein).
Most but not all An XIII's had their blade points ground down to
spear point (from hatchet point) just before Waterloo. Although
some swords survived to serve the French after the French monarchy
was restored, these would have had new (post 1815) inspection stamps
/ poinçons, and often new hilts as the designed changed and
existing blades were re-used. So this is surely a Waterloo battle
The 37 1/2 inch blade is very sound but with patina its entire
length; you could clean it but I think it would bring the blade
out of character with the rest of the sword. The brass hilt is in
good order, cleaned but not overly so to the front, patinated inside;
a good effect. The blade is firm in the hilt. The grip has been
replaced quite sympathetically / authentically at some point in
This is an authentic French Napoleonic An XIII dating from 1811,
I absolutely guarantee it. Beware of the vast sea of reproductions
on the market, many fraudulently aged.
Having a battle trophy from England's finest land battle hour is
quite something, especially when it only costs what this sword does.
Full sized images upon request. The item reference number is 935