Napoleonic French An XI Infantry / Artillery
Man's Sword, sold
In good condition, a scarce Napoleonic French infantryman's /
artillery sword, no post-1815 markings, a Waterloo battle trophy.
The blade's spine with the date February 1815 ("Royale"
as Napoleon was in exile on the island of Elba at the time), also
marked to Klingenthal, the hilt marked to Versailles, all of the
"poinçons" (inspection marks) are 1815 or earlier.
Most swords of this type are actually later Prussian version or
even French captured swords then marked to Prussian regiments, or
have later French markings indicating they stayed in service after
1815 and therefore were unlikely at the Battle of Waterloo. This
sword was bought by us in England, where it probably was brought
back directly after Napoleon's final defeat by a British serviceman
or other public servant as a war trophy. These pre-1816 only marked
swords are very rare, do not confuse this one with the sea of later,
often Prussian made versions (many countries adopted the pattern
after the Napoleonic Wars). This we guarantee 100% is authentic
The 23 1/2 inch blade is in good condition with some tell-tale
nicks to the cutting edge, which was period sharpened and remains
slightly sharp. The blade is firm in the hilt and the brass hilt
and grip are in good order. The blade's poinçons
(inspection marks) are 100% correct for the date on the spine.
A very good chance to own a relic from one of the most momentous
days in British history. Further / full sized images available upon
request. Please quote item reference number D48 (746).