Klingenthal Waterloo An XIII French Cuirassier
In overall good condition, a 100% guaranteed authentic Klingenthal
made Waterloo An XIII French Cuirassier Sword, dated August 1811
An iconic French heavy cavalry sword, clearly a Battle of Waterloo
battlefield pick up due to a) mismatched hilt (1068) and scabbard
(1102) rack / weapon numbers (shows the sword and its scabbard were
separated, and married to a suitable also orphaned scabbard), b)
no post-1815 inspection marks, c) spear pointed blade. Guaranteed
authentic, the poinçons
and date inscription to the blade's spine are correct.
The 37 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, with a few patina
spots (not many) and some period sharpening marks still visible.
Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt overall very good, but the ferrule
(brass band around section of grip where it meets the inside of
the hilt / guard) has split (previous glue repair showing); could
be welded together. The grip is aged and with some loss / damage,
but overall good and original leather. The twisted grip wire bindings,
possibly a later replacement, good but not 100% tight. The steel
scabbard has been over "cleaned" in more recent years
removing the original Napoleonic chemical browning, but otherwise
is good. The sword sheathes and draws well. If you repaired the
ferule and gave the scabbard a little age, this would be one great
These almighty and great Napoleonic swords are appreciating value
and at £? (too late, now sold), this one is well below market
price. Please quote item reference AB64 (0121). Further / full sized
images available upon request.
The An XI / XIII is, for us, the most effective and stylish heavy
cavalry sword ever made. It is also afflicted with much false conjecture
stated as fact, and is also one of the most faked / reproduced swords
on the market (we 100% guarantee our swords are not reproductions
/ fakes). We
have written an article on the subject here.