Battle of Waterloo trophy, French Heavy Cavalry
In very good condition with original grip leather, a superb example
of the French Cuirassier's An XI / XIII cavalry trooper's sword,
by Klingenthal, spear point, a Waterloo war trophy.
Guaranteed authentic; this is NOT a reproduction. This is an exceptional
Napoleonic French heavy cavalry trooper's sword. Not only is the
sword in very good condition, but so too are the lovely browned
scabbard and leather grip; it is very rare to find the original
grip leather and in such very good condition. The date inscription
along the blade's spine shows it was made in Klingenthal in October
1813, and has the correct poinçons (inspection marks) on
the blade of Krantz,
Bick & Lobstein. The hilt is free of tarnish, which is a
good thing as the only option with well tarnished brass hilts is
to clean them bright or leave them black. This hilt has a lovely
aged golden colour befitting of the fact it is over 200 years old.
The mighty and impressive 37 3/4 inch blade is in excellent condition,
having been converted from original hatchet to spear point in the
field just before the Battle of Waterloo. Blade is firm in the hilt.
The hilt in very good condition. The hilt is actually likely older
than the blade, as the original rack / weapon number "264"
has been struck out and a new one "692" stamped alongside.
This normally happened when the original blade was damaged, generally
The leather grip is original and in very good condition. The twisted
grip wire bindings we believe are a later replacement (these bindings
are often missing) but it is hard to tell; they may be original
but, if not, they are exceptionally well done. The mark 3 scabbard
is in very good condition. The chemical browning (note, not rust)
is complete and very attractive. The scabbard lends us to believe
the sword was fitted with a replacement blade and scabbard not long
before the 100 Days Napoleonic War. In any event, this is a 100%
authentic sword and Waterloo battle trophy (it seems the conquering
British servicemen were exceptionally impressed with these swords
and brought them back to the UK as war trophies in fairly considerable
numbers, though they are now a scarce sword and especially when
in such good condition). The sword sheathes and draws very well.
Certainly, the most effective heavy cavalry sword of the Napoleonic
Wars and a wonderful piece of history in such good condition makes
it well worth the price tag; just try and find a better authentic
example for the price. Please quote item reference H02 (1000). Further
/ full sized images upon request.