Imperial Klingenthal Waterloo French An XIII
Cuirassier Sword, Sold
In very good condition, a guaranteed authentic Imperial Klingenthal
French An XIII Cuirassier Sword, a British Waterloo battle trophy.
A superb example complete with original grip leather and twisted
wire, scabbard still browned. This is a Battle of Waterloo pick
up / 100 Days War trophy, 100%. Why? No post 1815 poinçons
/ a single rack number to the hilt (if it had stayed in French service
the sword with a mismatched / marriage scabbard would be inspected
and renumbered). The scabbard and hilt numbers are mismatched, indicating
the sword was picked up from the battlefield and later married up
with another cuirassier's scabbard. The Imperial Klingenthal date
inscription to the blade's spine is September 1813, which conforms
to the poinçon
inspection marks for Joseph Innocent Krantz, Jean-Georges Bick
and François Louis Lobstein. This sword came from the estate
of the late Alistair Morris, the former MD of Sotheby's Sussex.
The 95 cm spear point blade is in good condition and firm in the
hilt (not 96cm; this almost certainly means the tip was damaged
and ground down to form a new point during the prior War
of the 6th Coalition). The hilt in very good condition, a slight
gap where the backpiece meets the pommel (nothing consequential,
probably through battle use). The leather grip is worn but complete
and sound. The original grip wire is good. The browned scabbard
with some age. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A collector's dream. Well worth £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference AC57 (0314). Further / full sized images
available upon request.