Waterloo Battle Damaged French Heavy Cavalry
Sword, for sale
In otherwise good condition, a Waterloo Battle Damaged French
Heavy Cavalry Sword.
The heavy brass hilt has been clobbered and suffered a break of
one bar joint and where the backpiece joins the pommel, plus the
super strong blade has bending to it. This level of damage is commensurate
with a burly French Cuirassier falling off his horse at La Haie
Sainte ridge, pushed over by the British heavy cavalry charge. This
sword has no post-1815 markings. It has a spear point. We bought
the sword in Scotland. 99% Certainty the sword is a Waterloo battle
trophy, perhaps bought back by a Highland infantryman or Scots Greys
trooper. 99% Certainty the damage is of the day (the breaks are
genuinely very aged). Klingenthal blade dated January 1815 with
(inspection stamps) for that date.
The 37 3/4 inch blade is in good condition, save the bending, firm
in the hilt. The hilt is overall good, but tarnished, and with period
breaks / damage. Original leather grip in good condition, the grip
wire gone (most of these grips have lost their wire). The steel
scabbard is pitted but very heavy and sound. The sword sheathes
and draws very well.
If you want a pristine example of this very impressive sword, this
is not it. If you want one with clear period damage, virtually guaranteed
to be from a fall at Waterloo, you will likely not find another
like this. One of the most evocative swords you are ever likely
to hold, just £1100. Please quote item reference number U93.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 0923-121x18x17