Authentic French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
Sword, Waterloo, sold
In very good condition, a guaranteed authentic Waterloo French
An XI / XIII Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword and original serial number
They do not come much better than this. Matching hilt and scabbard
serial numbers. Original leather grip in very good condition with
original grip wire intact. Blade having been greased is in near
perfect condition. Again, we guarantee this sword is 100% authentic.
Given it is spear point and there are no post-1815 inspection marks,
this is a Battle of Waterloo / 100 Days War trophy, bought back
to the UK by a serviceman, officer or other associated personnel.
Please see further below / at the end of the page for details on
just how much a bargain this sword is compared with others sold
Imperial Klingenthal blade spine dated Avril (April) 1815, correct
/ inspection marks for when the sword had been assembled and
certified ready for use (May 1815). Hilt stamped once with rack
number 507 (not struck out as would likely happen if it had stayed
in French army service) as is the scabbard (same rack number of
The 37 1/2 inch spear pointed blade is in excellent condition,
just a little light pitting towards the point; the fact the blade
is spear pointed shows it was readied for action at Waterloo. Blade
firm in the hilt. The hilt we cleaned to show just the right amount
of age commensurate with the sword as a whole (you could Brasso
it to make it look new). Hilt in very good condition, some marks,
not too many. The grip is original and in superb condition; most
swords have no or later replacement twisted wire; even the grip
wire here is original and in good condition. The pommel tang top
is untouched and original (the sword has not been reseated). The
original browned scabbard is in great condition, just a little rust
pitting to one mid area; nothing much. The sword sheathes and draws
Further below (at the end) we have shown what other lesser / misdescribed
swords have sold for at UK auction (where buyer has to beware, unlike
here); just take a look further below.
This is one of the best authentic Waterloo provenance An XI / XIII
heavy cavalry swords you will ever have the chance of buying, so
grad it quick at only xxxx (too late, it has now been sold!). Please
quote item reference number M91 (1284). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.
Below are two claimed An XI / XIII Waterloo heavy cavalry swords
sold at two respected UK auctions; Lyon and Turnbull and Boselys.
These are the only ones we have seen at auction recently.
The sword sold by Lyon and Turnbull appears to have a later (modern,
reproduction) scabbard, the grip wire looks like a replacement,
and the pommel tang top looks like it has been reseated. This sold
for £1750 including buyer's premium.
The sword sold by Bosleys has a post-Waterloo 1816 model hilt (notice
the forward edge to the guard and the larger number of grip wire
turns). This sold for £1560 including buyer's premium.
Had you bought either of these two swords, the auctioneer has the
right for you to provide absolute proof that are issues with these
swords, and getting absolute proof (versus expert opinion, which
is not proof in itself) is very difficult. With
us, you have a legal right to return if the item is not as described.
Lyon & Turnbull