Waterloo Battle Trophy: French Heavy Cavalry
Sabre / Sword, sold
In good to very good condition, a Napoleonic French heavy cavalry
sabre / sword (An XI / An XIII Cuirassier trooper), dated 1812/1813,
matching serial numbers, clearly a battle trophy.
We guarantee this to be an authentic Napoleonic French An XI /
XIII heavy cavalry trooper's sabre / sword, not one of the ocean
of aged reproductions on the market (especially on eBay). This absolutely
was held by one of Napoleon's Grande Armie Cuirassier troopers and
is a British Waterloo battle trophy. The date inscription on the
spine has been partially worn away, but the poinçons (little
round inspection stamps on the blade) tell us the sword was made
in 1812 or 1813 (see: French
Poinçons). We know this to be a Battle of Waterloo trophy
because the sword was purchased by us in England from a deceased's
estate and that there are no post-1815 inspection stamps on the
sword, and that the original rack number on the hilt is intact (not
crossed out, which can often, though not always, indicate service
after Waterloo). The number on the hilt under the scabbard leather
stopper is the same as that on the show of the scabbard, so the
scabbard is original to the sword (matching serial numbers).
The 37 1/2 inch blade is in good condition, a little over-cleaned
by a previous owner, with some tell-tale nicks to the blade but
they make the sword more evocative and do not detract. The brass
hilt is overall very good, there is some slight damage to the "tongue"
of the hilt but it is probably period and not very noticeable being
only visible on the inside of the hilt. The leather grip is original
and a huge bonus as you thereby hold the same leather as did the
French cavalryman on that historic day. The twisted grip wire bindings
are authentically done but a later replacement. The steel scabbard
has been zealously over-cleaned in the past; we would leaving it
in a damp environment for a while to acquire a patina. But anyway,
the scabbard is good and strong, and the sword sheathes and draws
very well; the scabbard being able to hold the sword firm while
A very good example of an iconic sabre with an amazing history.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference E08 (786).