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.
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
(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