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Klingenthal Napoleonic French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword, Sold

In good condition, a 100% guaranteed authentic Klingenthal made Napoleonic French Heavy Cavalry Cuirassier Trooper's Sword.

Klingenthal Napoleonic French Heavy Cavalry Cuirassier Trooper's Swordimage AB40 1

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Probably the most impressive sword of all time. The An XIII Cuirassier sword has been reproduced many times, but this one is 100% authentic, guaranteed. Most likely a war trophy following the 100 Days War which culminated in the Battle of Waterloo, this one is not likely a battlefield pick up but a post battle seizure as the serial numbers on the hilt and scabbard match. But it is a war trophy as it did not stay in French service, else the grip at the very least would have been changed (post 1815 grips have more grip turns) and / or rehilted (in 1816, the French introduced a new "lipped" hilt). The poinçons on the forte are correct for the November 1812 date inscription on the blade, but the blade almost certainly had an earlier hilt which was damaged and replaced, as the hilt's poinçons and single serial number matching a Mk3 / 1816M (when it was made official) scabbard indicate a later hilt.

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The 37 inch blade is in very good condition, having been protected by the scabbard over the years, and is firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with age and wear, possibly period. The leather grip is original but the twisted grip wire is mostly gone. The steel scabbard clearly was once period chemically browned (as is normal), but has aged and been cleaned so much / most of this is gone, but the scabbard is still in very good shape. The sword sheathes and draws well.

This iconic sword is becoming increasingly hard to source as they go into the hands of collectors who quite rightly guard them jealously. So don't wait for another come along; it may not happen. Below market price; £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AB40 (0105). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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