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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.

Waterloo Battle Trophy French Klingenthal An XIII Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Swordimage ae69 1

Sold Item Notice

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.

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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.

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