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.
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.
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.