Waterloo Clipped Point French An XIII Heavy
Cavalry Sword, Sold
In overall good condition, a rare Waterloo battle trophy clipped
point French An XIII heavy cavalry sword, Versailles hilt.
Most French An XIII heavy cavalry blades were converted to spear
point (for better piercing) just before Waterloo; this one has an
unmodified clipped point, full length blade. The blade is a pre-1810
Impale du Klingenthal Coulaux frères" marked (to
the spine) blade with correct
early Bick poinçon. We know it is a British battle /
war trophy because there are no post-1815 poinçons anywhere
on the hilt and because it is in a Mark 3 / 1816M (introduced in
1814) scabbard, which these swords had at Waterloo (but not before).
The Versailles hilt makes this even more desirable.
The 38 1/4 inch blade is in generally very good condition, a little
bending (not much - too little to photo), probably period battle
damage. The hilt is in generally very good condition, but the inner
lip is a little bent inwards (again, likely to be period damage).
The leather grip and twisted grip wire bindings are probably replacements,
possibly period. The scabbard has some period damage which has been
repaired, probably more recently. The sword sheathes and draws well
enough but could benefit from a good greasing.
Clipped point, Waterloo trophy; yours for £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference Q38 (0351). 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.