In good overall condition, an AP Waterloo era French Infantry Sword and Scabbard.
AP, Atelier de Precision were a French arms manufacturer in operation from 1795 to 1814. Many people believe AP to mean Arsenal / Atelier Paris. In any event, this is a Napoleonic sword, most likely a Waterloo bring back battle trophy as it has been in the UK for a long time. It appears to be a Klingenthal blade but the spine inscription is feint. In 1814 / 1815, when Napoleon returned from his first exile on the Elba, there were a shortage of weapons in France, so swords and other weapons were made from what was available.
The 22 1/8 inch blade is in aged and worn if not battle damaged condition. Blade firm in the hilt. The brass hilt and grip in good condition. The leather with brass fittings scabbard is good for its age except that the chape section has broken off (we believe it is possible to glue repair this for display purposes ). The sword sheathes and draws well.
A Napoleonic probably Waterloo battle trophy French infantry sword for just £650. Please quote item reference Y04. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1371-87x17x13 (1.575).