Waterloo Spear Pointed French An XIII Trooper's
A spear pointed French An XIII heavy cavalry trooper's sword,
dated January 1815.
Almost certainly a Waterloo battlefield pickup as a) we bought
this sword in the UK, b) the blade point has been converted to spear
point (this was done by French cavalry regiments just prior to Waterloo),
c) there are no post 1815 inspection stamps, d) the blade is dated
January 1815 (with
correct poinçons for that date), e) the sword has not
been converted / rehilted with an 1816 model guard / hilt, f) the
grip has only 11 groves / turns (this was increased after Waterloo),
g) there is only one weapon number (1550) to the hilt. If only swords
could talk about their history, but the fact there is no scabbard
most likely means this sword was literally picked up off the battlefield.
The 37 1/4 inch (94.8 cm) spear point twin fullered blade is in
very good condition, but a little worn, and there is a slight bend,
probably period. The date inscription on the spine for Klingenthal
January 1815 is feint. Blade firm in hilt. The grip is well aged,
most of the twisted grip wire gone, a section of leather grip covering
has gone, the grip forming grip twine (wound around the wooden grip
base to create the grip turns) and base grip wood is sound. The
hilt is good.
A piece of Waterloo and one of the world's most impressive swords
ever for just £x (too late, now sold - original sales price
divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference AB13 (0091).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.