Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword
(An XIII), Sold
In good to very good condition, guaranteed authentic, a scarce
An XI/XIII Napoleonic French heavy cavalry trooper's (cuirassier's)
sword, Klingenthal made, dated January 1813.
A very good example of this iconic French heavy cavalry sword,
which has no post-1815 markings that we can see, and has only one
weapon number (723) to the hilt (normally these are struck out and
renumbered when kept in service), so it is likely to have come out
of French service in 1815 (Waterloo battle trophy). This sword is
guaranteed to be 100% authentic, no a reproduction / composite.
The date inscription on the spine (January 1813) matches the poinçons
on the forte as it should (reproductions do not get this right).
The 95.8 cm spear point blade is in overall good condition; there
are some oxidation / tarnish patches (looks a bit like electro-plating,
but it is not); there is a slight amount of bending towards the
point (very slight and quite likely period). The blade is firm in
the grip, the brass hilt generally very good (would clean up bright
brass but we believe it looks best as is). Leather grip in good
condition. Twisted grip wire bindings good but slightly loose against
the grip leather in the middle, probably just leather shrinkage.
The browned steel scabbard (these scabbards were chemically browned
by the French) is in very good shape; the browning some losses towards
the chape / drag. The sword sheathes and draws well but can be fussy
when you first put the tip in (requires grease; we no longer do
this since a customer complained our greased smelled odd).
A very good example. On sale for £(too late). Please quote
item reference number N61 (1318/9). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.