A terrific and original French Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry Cuirassier Trooper’s Sword. This is a scarce example in very good condition and comprises a large four-bar brass hilt and original leather grip with brass twistwire. The hilt is numbered 1556 and this is matched on the scabbard – is very rare to get both the hilt and scabbard number matched as these swords tended to have a long and hard service life and scabbards were invariably lost and replaced over many years. The hilt is also marked – VERSAILLES – indicative of official French manufacture. The blade is multi-fullered and with a hatchet point. Condition of the blade is excellent and very clean. Cannot really fault this example and with the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo next year, this iconic French Napoleonic cavalry sword can only increase considerably in value.
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