Waterloo Battle Trophy French Klingenthal
Heavy Cavalry Sword, Sold
In good to very good condition, a guaranteed authentic Waterloo
Battle Trophy French An XIII Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword, the
blade marked to Klingenthal January 1815.
This is a great example of a Waterloo battle trophy. Spear pointed
(the French ground their clipped points down to spear points just
before Waterloo), no post 1815 inspection marks (poinçons)which
would show the sword stayed in French service after Waterloo, mismatched
hilt and scabbard serial / rack numbers; many French cuirassiers
dropped their drawn swords as the British heavy cavalry charged
and then pushed the French over ridges (swords later picked up as
battle trophies and married to another / nearest scabbard).
The hilt has seen quite a bit of active service prior to Waterloo
as it has two rack numbers, one crossed out, which means the original
blade was damaged almost certainly in an earlier battle, and the
blade replaced in January 1815. Blade inscribed to Klingenthal January
1815 along its pine which is correct for the three poinçons
/ inspection marks of Borson,
Bick and Lobstein.
The 37 3/4 inch blade is in good to very good condition and firm
in the hilt, serial / rack numbers 1318 (cancelled out) and 776.
The hilt is also good to very good, some age / wear but no damage.
The leather grip is very good condition as are the original twisted
grip wire bindings; it is rare to find one of these with such a
good condition original grip. The heavy steel scabbard, rack number
705, has some of its original browning remaining, now supplemented
by a steady patina. Scabbard in good condition. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
You will not find many if any better than this one. Yours for £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AE69 (0977).
Further / full sized images 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.