Waterloo Trophy, French An XIII Cuirassier
Sword, Klingenthal, Sold
In very good condition, a guaranteed authentic French Cuirassier
Sword, Klingenthal, dated January 1814; a Waterloo war trophy.
First, we guarantee this is an authentic Napoleonic French Cuirassier
sword made in January 1814 at Klingenthal (the primary Napoleonic
French sword manufacturing factory). It is not a reproduction (even
so called experts get fooled by repros, but we do not; we have more
experience of these swords than anyone else in the market).
Check for yourself, the poinçons
are 100% correct for the date inscription on the blade's spine,
January 1814. The date inscription is a little rubbed / feint, but
the maker's name "Klingenthal" can just be seen, and the
date is very clear.
Second, the sword is clearly a Waterloo battle trophy bought back
by a British serviceman, as a) we bought the sword in the UK covered
in Victorian varnish (the Victorians did this to prevent rust /
corrosion), b) the sword has no post 1815 inspection marks (poinçons)
as it would have had it stayed in French service; in fact most An
XIII blades still in service with the French after Waterloo were
rehilited into the new 1816 model guard, c) it has a spear pointed
blade (the French did this just before Waterloo to most of their
heavy cavalry swords, converting them from their original, less
effective hatchet point format).
What is also nice, is that the rack / serial number on the hilt
and on the scabbard match; most swords have mismatched scabbard
The 37 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt. The hilt / guard is in good condition, as are the original
leather covered grip and twisted grip wires. The heavy steel scabbard
is nice as it retains a good amount of its original browning (please
note: this is the chemical browning the French did, it is not rust
patina, though some patina may exist over the browning). The sword
sheathes and draws well.
A well above average example of this deadly iconic sword. Be quick,
these sell fast! Yours for £xxxx (too late, now sold - original
sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference
number AA48 (0041). Further / full sized images upon request.