Waterloo French An XIII Cuirassier Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword, sold
In very good condition, a 100% guaranteed authentic Waterloo battle
trophy, French An XIII Cuirassier heavy cavalry trooper's sword,
marked to the Arsenal de Paris.
This is about as perfect an An XIII Cuirassier sword as you could
hope to find. Marked "AP" with a licteur (the "AP"
is actually an inspection mark "Atelier de precision"
but coincidentally for the "Arsenal de Paris" which is
why most people refer to this "AP" mark as a Paris Arsenal
maker's mark). So the blade was made by a private company, probably
in Paris, and then inspected and verified fit for government use
by the Arsenal de Paris, who also hilted the blade and added the
scabbard, as there are no other marks such as those for Klingenthal
or Versailles "AP" swords are generally associated with
the 2nd Cuirassier Regiment, which saw service at Waterloo. The
browned steel mark 3 scabbard indicates the sword was made in 1814.
The hilt and the scabbard have matching rack numbers of "223",
which is nice, as most An XIII's have mismatched scabbards. This
is a truly exceptional piece. We know the sword was at Waterloo
because of the spear point and lack of post-1815 markings / modifications.
The mighty impressive spear pointed 37 5/8 inch length blade is
in very good condition but with some slight tell tale damage to
the cutting edge. Blade firm in the hilt. The brass hilt in exceptionally
good condition. The leather grip and twisted grip wire bindings
are not only in very good condition but are original. The lovely
browned steel scabbard is in exceptionally good order. The sword
sheathes and draws like a dream.
Don't blink, these are highly popular swords and it is rare to
get one in such very good and original condition. Yours for £(too
late - now sold, though we will reveal the original sales price
for a small fee!). Please quote item reference number O92 (1404).
Full sized / additional photos available upon request.