Waterloo French Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry
Trooper's Sword, Sold
In overall good condition, a Waterloo French Cuirassier Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword. Guaranteed, 100% authentic.
With a spear pointed blade, no post-1815 inspection marks (poinçons)
and no scabbard, this sword is a Waterloo battlefield pick up taken
home probably by a British serviceman as a war trophy. The date
inscription to the spine is feint (probably January 1815), but from
the poinçons we can determine the blade dates from 1st August
1814 to 20th March 1815 (Waterloo was 18th June 1815). The hilt
guard is older as it has three rack numbers, which means the first
two blades were damaged in battles and the blade now fitted was
a period replacement in time for Waterloo. Which is great, holding
such a sword with a definite long battle history.
The 37 5/8 inch spear point blade has a steady patina and some
light pitting. Blade firm in hilt. The hilt is very good. Grip also
good with original grip leather though the twisted grip wire has
gone (a fairly easy job to replace it; happy to guide any buyer).
A great piece of history for just £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference S40 (0641). 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.