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Waterloo Trophy Clipped Point French An XIII Cuirassier Sword, Sold

In good condition, a rare British Capture Marked Waterloo Trophy Clipped Point French An XIII Cuirassier Sword.

British Capture Marked Waterloo Trophy Clipped Point French An XIII Cuirassier Sword

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100% Guaranteed authentic An XIII, rare unmodified clipped point in Mk 3 scabbard (see article here). This is clearly a Waterloo battle / 100 Days War trophy because it has British markings to the hilt.



The blade is correctly maker and date inscribed "Royale Klingenthal September 1814" to the spine, and with the correct and corresponding poinçons (inspection marks) for Etienne Louis Borson, Jean-Georges Bick and Francois Louis Lobstein. The hilt / guard has three weapon / rack numbers, the two earliest struck out, which indicate the hilt is older than the blade, that the hilt was attached once to at least one damaged blade, and that the present blade was a replacement. But, of even greater interest is the D over 67 marking over the B for (Joseph Amboise) Bisch (controller) poinçon on the inside of the hilt lip. The D 67 is a British mark, which shows the sword is an official capture.



The fact this sword sports an unmodified 37 7/8 inch clipped point blade proves a) this is a Waterloo trophy (as no clipped points were kept in French regimental service after Waterloo), b) that not all An XIII's were converted to spear point prior to Waterloo (all blades are made as clipped points but all have been ground down to spear points by French heavy cavalry regiments for extra battle effectiveness since Waterloo), c) the Mark 3 scabbard was in use since 1814, d) the length of the blade varied (was slightly shortened) in 1814.

The blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt with age but overall good. The grip mostly good with original leather but with some mastik / rubberized type coating repairs to section turns closest to the hilt, the grip wire is original and good. The browned steel scabbard is in good condition, without any rack / weapon numbers. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

What a great sword; 100% provenance that this is a British capture. Don't delay, yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference P93 (0294). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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