In good condition, an An XI Waterloo French Heavy Cavalry Trooper’s Sword & Scabbard
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Guaranteed authentic, dated Imperial Klingenthal September 1813, matching serial / rack numbers (105) to guard and scabbard. Correct blade poinçons for the date.
A Waterloo war trophy bring back; we bought it in England (has reportedly been here for time immemorial), no post 1815 poinçons, spear pointed blade (only swords in regimental service were converted to spear point, from just before the Battle of Waterloo), has not been converted to 1816M hilt (this has forward facing edges) or 1816 grip (same grip but more ring binding turns).
Our favourite sword; superb looks / design and deadly, by far the most effective heavy cavalry sword of the Napoleonic Wars. The original leather grip means the owner has a direct evocative connection with the Imperial French Cuirassier who once held and fought with it.
The 37 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The solid brass hilt / guard is good but has some age tarnish and service dings. Original leather grip in good condition but has lost its twisted grip wire bindings (relatively easy to make replacement). The heavy steel scabbard is good but with age / wear and some light rust. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Very nice Imperial Klingenthal example, with original hilt / guard (many were replaced due to damage) and matching serial numbers. A great evocative investment for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AG98. Further / full sized images upon request. Box 1625-121x19x17 (3.722).