Waterloo Trophy - Napoleonic French An XI
Infantry Sword, For Sale
A rare Waterloo Battle Trophy in very good condition, a Napoleonic
French An XI Infantry Briquet Sword.
This sword has no post-1815 inspection marks (some of the marks
are for controllers whose tenure extended past 1815, but there is
nothing to indicate this sword stayed in French service after Waterloo,
in fact the reverse). Although there is no date inscription to the
blade spine, the blade poinçons include one for Jean-Georges
Bick ("B" in a laurel reef) which stopped being used in
May 1815, and an 1815 version JA Bisch poinçon to the hilt.
Also on the hilt are Joseph Innocent Krantz and Bick poinçons
to match those on the blade; the
blade with poinçons for Bick, (François Louis) Lobstein
This sword, bought by us in the UK, is undoubtedly therefore a
battlefield pick-up / war trophy from Waterloo.
The 23 inch blade is stained and has some old probably period light
damage to the cutting edge, but is overall very good and firm in
the hilt. The hilt is a little worn but good, with rack / weapon
number 496. The period scabbard is aged and has split in two and
has a tape repair. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Who knows the fate of the French infantryman that once carried
this . Yours for £750. Please quote item reference P99. Further
/ full sized images available upon request. Box 0298-0.82 (1.545).