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Waterloo Spear Point French Cuirassier Trooper's Sword, For Sale

In very good condition, a Waterloo Spear Point French Klingenthal / Versailles Cuirassier Trooper's Sword, blade dated December 1814.

Waterloo Spear Point French Klingenthal / Versailles Cuirassier Trooper's Swordimage U41 1

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These sword blades were made with hatchet points but most were ground down just prior to Waterloo for more effective piercing. Waterloo battlefield pick ups / war trophies mostly have different serial / rack numbers to the hilt and scabbard as the sword were dropped where the many cuirassiers fell and later simply matched to a nearby available scabbard. This sword has no post 1815 inspection marks, which it would if it stayed in French military service. It is therefore highly probable that this is a Waterloo battlefield pick up. See our article here.

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The 37 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. Blade bears inscription for Klingenthal December 1814 to the spine and correct inspect marks (poinçons) for Borson, Bick and Lobstein to the forte. The hilt in very good condition though there is a crack to the inside only of one of the bars which indicates damage from a fall. The hilt shows the mark of Versailles (they made hilts and used mostly Klingenthal blades to produce swords) and a pre-1815 inspection poinçon (C under star) for inspector Chateaubrun. The original leather grip and twisted grip wires are in good condition with only minimal age / wear. The heavy steel scabbard is in very good condition, a few specks of former rust pitting, but not much. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

If only we could see how this mighty Napoleonic French sword came into British hands. Well above average example for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference U41 (0842). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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