Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword,
In aged and battle scarred condition, a Waterloo French Heavy
Cavalry Trooper's Sword.
Almost certainly a Waterloo battle trophy bring back as the blade
point has been spear pointed and there are no post-1815 poinçons
on the hilt. The blade etching is now feint, but it looks like "Coulaux"
is there, so the blade is 1810 or earlier, while the hilt has a
"P" under star poinçon for Inspector Pache, so
pre-June 1811 for the hilt / guard, which means this sword quite
likely saw a number of battles before Waterloo.
The impressive long 36 1/4 inch blade has aged with quite a lot
of inert black rust (patina) spots, and the section towards the
point has a wobble / slight concertina, so it looks like it found
its target (an unfortunate allied soldier). Blade firm in the grip.
The grip leather looks original and is aged but sound. Equally so
the twisted grip wire. No scabbard. The hilt has taken some hard
knocks and has cracks.
An AN XIII Waterloo French heavy cavalry sword for just £?
(too late, now sold) is a very good deal indeed. Please quote item
reference T40. Further / full sized images upon request.