Waterloo French 2nd Cuirassier Trumpeters
In good condition, an An XIII Waterloo French 2nd Cuirassier Trumpeters
Sword with chemically blackened scabbard.
Marked "AP" ("Atelier de precision") with a
licteur, AP swords are associated with the 2nd Cuirassier Regiment
which saw service at Waterloo. This one, with matching serial numbers
proving the scabbard is original to the sword, the scabbard has
been chemically blackened (now mostly "cleaned" off);
normally An XIII scabbards are chemically browned. Research shows
that the trumpeters of the 2nd Cuirassier Regiment had black scabbards.
The 37 7/8 inch spear point blade is in good condition and firm
in the hilt. The brass hilt is good, stamped to Versailles, the
C under star Versailles poinçon dating the sword from July
to December 1813. The grip is in very good condition, original leather
still good, but the twisted grip wire bindings are gone (fairly
easy to make a replacement). The steel scabbard, pitting towards
chape / drag, is in good order and has the remains of chemical blackening
(it is not paint). The sword sheathes and draws well. It is a Waterloo
battle trophy a) because we bought it in the UK, b) there are no
post 1815 markings (poinçons), c) the grip has few turns
(later replacement grips had more turns), d) the hilt / guard has
not been replaced with the 1816 model version, and e) the blade
has been spear pointed (blades for all of these swords were made
hatchet point but were converted to spear point for better penetration
just before Waterloo.
You are really unlikely to find another like this one. Yours for
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R84 (0580).
Further / full sized images available upon request.
Napoleonic French Cuirassier Trumpeters fueled the charge from
within the second charge line (behind the standard bearer who was
in the first line) and would release their trumpets to draw their
swords (they carried the same weapon as regular troopers) as they
approached the enemy. Trumpeters along with standard bearers and
officers were favorite / priority targets for the enemy.
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.