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.
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.
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.