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Waterloo Imperial French Cuirassier's Heavy Cavalry Sword, sold

In untouched very good condition, a guaranteed authentic Klingenthal made Waterloo battle trophy Imperial French An XIII Cuirassier / Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword.

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Sold Item Notice

The date inscription to the spine is only just visible as being Imperial Klingenthal December 1813 (Mfture Impale du Klingenthal Xbre 1813) with the correct inspection poinçons for Krantz, Bick and Lobstein. The brass hilt has patina / a light tarnish which could be cleaned bright but is perfect as it is for a true antique. The hilt and scabbard serial numbers appear to match; the hilt's original serial / rack number has not been replaced / struck out, so the sword may well have been with the same cuirassier for 18 months; the scabbard is a mark 3, so was likely replaced in 1814 / 1815. The sword was bought by us in the UK and is thereby a Waterloo battle trophy. Please see our article on these swords here.

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The 37 1/2 inch spear point blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard in good order. The original leather grip in very good condition, as are the original twisted grip binding; a huge bonus as many of these sword have lost theirs over time. The heavy steel scabbard with age / wear but in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.

This sword was almost certainly spear pointed (the blades came hatchet pointed) just before Waterloo as per Imperial French Grand Army recommendations. There are no post Waterloo inspection poinçons anywhere, so the sword did not stay in French service, nor did it get converted to a forward ridged hilt 1816M. A definite Waterloo battle / war trophy British bring back.

A great, perfect collector's example (Imperial Klingenthal and more). These swords in this condition have recently sold at UK auctions well in excess of £2000. Our price, just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W56 (1187). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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