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An XIII Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword, Sold

In good condition, a 100% guaranteed authentic Klingenthal made An XIII Waterloo French Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword.

An XIII Waterloo French Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Swordimage P88 1

Sold Item Notice

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.

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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 request.

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.

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