Napoleonic Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, Sold
In good condition with original grip leather, a Napoleonic / Waterloo
battle trophy French heavy cavalry (cuirassier) trooper's sword.
Guaranteed authentic. Be warned, most "Napoleonic" heavy
cavalry swords you see advertised are reproductions. Again, this
one is guaranteed to be authentic. With some typical minor damage
commensurate with battle, the fact there are no post-1815 inspection
marks and that the sword came from an estate in England shows this
sword was one of the many French heavy cavalry swords taken back
by British officers and service personnel as war trophies after
the Battle of Waterloo. With the hilt damage (it is a little misshapen),
almost certainly a battlefield pick up.
The Klingenthal manufacturing inscription to the spine shows the
blade was made in November 1813; this is confirmed by the correct
poinçons for that month of Krantz, Bick and Lobstein.
The almighty 37 1/2 inch spear point blade is in very good condition,
some wear to the forte are (from sheathing and drawing the blade),
some light pitting to the area around the poinçons. The blade
is firm in the hilt. The hilt has some small deformations consistent
with the sword being involved in a fall as so many French heavy
cavalrymen were during Waterloo. The grip is the original leather,
which is nice. The brass grip wire bindings are a later replacement.
There is a shrinkage crack to the underside of the grip which has
been repaired. The steel scabbard is in good order, some pitting
around the chape / drag. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
A well priced evocative, even almight piece of Napoleonic history.
Please quote item reference H73 (1006). Further / full sized images