An XIII Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's
In good condition, a 100% guaranteed authentic Klingenthal made
An XIII Waterloo French Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword.
This sword, or rather hilt has been through the wars. Basically,
the hilt had a replacement (the current) blade. We know this because
the hilt has a striked out rack / weapon number; the blade is dated
August 1814. So the sword probably previously saw action against
Russia. Correct poinçons
of Etienne Louis Borson, Jean-Georges Bick, and François
Louis Lobstein for the blade date. Because the sword has a spear
point (the blades were made with hatchet points), it shows it was
made ready for battle by a cuirassier regiment. Because it has no
post-Waterloo poinçons, it pretty much proves it left French
service in 1815 and is therefore 99.9% a Waterloo battlefield pick
up or post-battle surrender sword, taken back to the UK (as many
were) by a British soldier; we bought the sword itself in the UK
from someone who had it in their family for generations.
The 95 cm blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt.
The hilt with age / patina but not too much, and in good condition,
but the inner guard lip is distorted, no doubt period. The original
leather grip is good but the twisted grip wire is gone (easy enough
to replace) and there is one worm hole we can see. The steel scabbard
is a later addition in very good order / condition. The sword sheathes
and draws a little loosely.
Nice example, been through the wars literally. A sound and evocative
investment for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item
reference P88 (0269). Further / full sized images available upon
The An XI / XIII is, for us, the most effective and stylish heavy
cavalry sword ever made. It is also afflicted with much false conjecture
stated as fact, and is also one of the most faked / reproduced swords
on the market (we 100% guarantee our swords are not reproductions
/ fakes). We
have written an article on the subject here.