Imperial Klingenthal An XIII French Cuirassier
Trooper's Sword, Sold
In overall very good condition for its age and history, an Imperial
Klingenthal An XIII French Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword,
a Waterloo battle trophy.
Spear pointed, mismatched hilt & scabbard numbers, plus no
post-Waterloo markings; a Waterloo battle trophy brought back to
the UK by British soldiers / servicemen. See
our article here. The hilt with rubbed earlier markings, so
the hilt has been re-bladed, probably after action in one of the
many Napoleonic wars, which makes it even more evocative.
The poinçons on the blade's forte for Krantz
(rubbed), Bick and Lobstein are correct for the December 1813
date on the blade's spine (Manfre Impale du Klingenthal Xbre 1813).
The C star hilt (Versailles) poinçon is also for 1813, so
it is likely the sword first went into battle in early 1813, suffered
damage to the original blade which was replaced in December 1813.
The 37 inch blade is in very good condition but has a small stress
crack towards the point which indicates it hit something hard, though
the blade is still good and true. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
with various marks including rack number 901 and guard "T 51"
w1hich looks more in the English rather than French style, so may
well be a capture number. The hilt and guard all good. The leather
grip is original and in very good order, as are the twisted grip
wire bindings which are also original. The heavy steel scabbard
has lost most of its chemical browning and has some pitting with
a rack number 10? (illegible). The sword sheathes and draws well.
Our favorite model of sword and this one is well above average.
A real piece of history for just £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference U22 (0816). Further / full sized images
available upon request.