Waterloo Provenance Clipped Point French
Heavy Cavalry Sword, sold
In very good condition, a rare original unmodified clipped point
An XIII Napoleonic French Cuirassier sword, Atelier de précision
& Versailles markings, Waterloo provenance.
First, we 100% money back guarantee this is an authentic Napoleonic
Wars French heavy cavalry trooper's sword. Bought by us in the UK,
this clearly is a Waterloo battlefield pick up / battle trophy,
not least as it has the so called Mk 3 scabbard, first issued in
1814, plus the V verified stamp used mostly on arms of honor, and
the swords of the Imperial Guard, who were at Waterloo. Not many
clipped point versions of this sword remain, most converted to spear
point just before and equally after Waterloo, once the French army
was under the control of King Louis XVIII. Therefore, this clipped
point must not only have been at Waterloo, but is a battle trophy
as a) it would have been modified to spear point if it had stayed
in French service, and b) there are no post Waterloo markings, which
there would have been had it remained in French service. This rare
clipped point sword is a great slice of history as it proves, yet
again, that Mk 3 scabbards were used with clipped point swords for
a brief spell.
This particular sword has the "AP" (often debated as
to whether this is Arsenal de Paris or Atelier de précision),
and what looks like the remains of maker Manceaux A Paris's poinçon
(stamp). These AP marked blades are often associated with the 2nd
Cuirassier Regiment, although the "V" stamp inside the
Versailles marked hilt either means the cavalryman that help the
sword had been decorated for honour or that he was in the Imperial
Guard. What is very interesting is the lack of a rack number to
the hilt. This may well endorse the V mark as being for an honoured
member of the 2nd Cuirassier Regiment, perhaps someone who felt
he did not want his sword modified to spear point.
The 38 inch blade is in very good condition, and is firm in the
hilt. The hilt equally in very good order. The original grip leather
has thinned bus is still present, which is a great bonus being able
to hold the same leather grip as the original feared French heavy
cavalry trooper once did; the twisted grip wire bindings are a later
replacement. The original Mark 3 steel scabbard in in very good
condition, the sword sheathes and draws well, the scabbard able
to hold the sword in place when inverted. A well above average example
and with a clipped point plus Waterloo provence; the absolute pinnacle
of a collector's aspirations.
Our price is £1600. Further / full sized images upon request.
Please quote item reference number F32 (868).