Swords from Waterloo

Swords were carried by all Cavalry and by infantry officers and some NCOs at Waterloo. Generally speaking Cavalry swords were heavier and slightly bigger than the infantry ones. A great deal of variation can be found in the Swords carried but few have any provenance that can be traced directly to the battle itself.

Of all swords coveted by collectors Cotton collection ones are the most sought after.

Hardly any will still have inventory tags and only very few still have the paper cotton labels attached.

My favourite of all Waterloo stories is that of an officer who collected a large number of swords lying on the battlefield and on his return home he made them into a garden fence surrounding his house.

 

 

 

Derek Saunders Broadstairs waterloo museum Sword collection

All the swords listed in this section with the exception of the Harriman sword come from the Derek Saunders collection.

Derek was a very well respected Historian and published author. He made many trips to the battlefield and was involved in the repair and reconstruction of the well at Hougoumont. Derek built and was curator at the Waterloo museum in Broadstairs. This was opened by the current Duke of Wellington in 1990. Sadly ill health forced Derek to close the museum in 1999. The contents was eventually auctioned and we have now obtained the last of the swords placed in storage. Most came with their original Cotton collection storage tags and have the 1909 auction numbers on the back. All the swords for sale below were originally exhibited in Edward Cottons museum on the battlefield and remained there until the sale of 1909.

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French hussars sword partial relic incomplete

A French Hussars sword remains. Approx 25inches remaining.

Jeanne sully collection tag stating from Cotton Museum.

Some etching and pattern still readable on the blade.

In good overall condition. Exhibited at the Broadstairs Waterloo museum 1990-1999 ex Derek Saunders collection.

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French hussars sword partial relic incomplete

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A French Hussars sword remains. Approx 25inches remaining.

Jeanne sully collection tag stating from Cotton Museum.

Some etching and pattern still readable on the blade.

In good overall condition. Exhibited at the Broadstairs Waterloo museum 1990-1999 ex Derek Saunders collection.


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French officers sword relic condition incomplete

The partial relic remains of a French officers sword. Approx 25 inches long

Jeanne sully collection tag stating from Cotton Museum.

Exhibited in the Broadstairs waterloo museum 1990-1999. From the Derek Saunders collection.

Good overall condition.

An interesting piece.

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French officers sword relic condition incomplete

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The partial relic remains of a French officers sword. Approx 25 inches long

Jeanne sully collection tag stating from Cotton Museum.

Exhibited in the Broadstairs waterloo museum 1990-1999. From the Derek Saunders collection.

Good overall condition.

An interesting piece.


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British infantry officers broken epee

The remains of a simply stunning British officers epee from the Jeanne sully collection.

Approx 16 inches long with traces of gold gilt on the blade and makers name j.kunkel solingen.

Solingen blades were only affordable by the richest people as they were considered some of the finest. GR cypher and crown still visible on the blade.

Complete with the original early typed Sully collection tag stating obtained from the cotton museum. Exhibited at Derek Saunders Broadstairs Waterloo museum until it's closure.

in storage from 1999 until now.

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British infantry officers broken epee

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The remains of a simply stunning British officers epee from the Jeanne sully collection.

Approx 16 inches long with traces of gold gilt on the blade and makers name j.kunkel solingen.

Solingen blades were only affordable by the richest people as they were considered some of the finest. GR cypher and crown still visible on the blade.

Complete with the original early typed Sully collection tag stating obtained from the cotton museum. Exhibited at Derek Saunders Broadstairs Waterloo museum until it's closure.

in storage from 1999 until now.


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French Hussars sword cotton collection

 

French Hussars sword from the Edward cotton collection.

This one is from the Derek Saunders collection and was displayed in the Waterloo Museum Broadstairs from 1990-1999 when it was placed in storage after the museum closed. This is a beautiful example and still has some of the original grip covering. The grip is marked Versailles and the sword is in overall very good condition for it's age. The sword comes with the original cotton storage tag and is marked 133 on the back. Indicating this was item number in the 1909 cotton auction when the collection was dispersed.

This is the best of the bunch without a doubt.

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French Hussars sword cotton collection

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French Hussars sword from the Edward cotton collection.

This one is from the Derek Saunders collection and was displayed in the Waterloo Museum Broadstairs from 1990-1999 when it was placed in storage after the museum closed. This is a beautiful example and still has some of the original grip covering. The grip is marked Versailles and the sword is in overall very good condition for it's age. The sword comes with the original cotton storage tag and is marked 133 on the back. Indicating this was item number in the 1909 cotton auction when the collection was dispersed.

This is the best of the bunch without a doubt.


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Light Division officers sword Cotton Collection

 A beautiful Light Division officers sword originally in the Cotton Collection at Waterloo.

30inch Blade marked to DAWES. a Birmingham sword maker 1798-1812.

Comes with the original Cotton Collection storage tag. This one has the Light division crest on it and is in overall good condition. The grip is a little worn as you would expect from a 200 year old sword.

Ex cotton collection eventually making it's way via numerous auctions to the Broadstairs Waterloo museum where it was exhibited from 1990-1999.

A really lovely item with exceptional provenance.

Following our recent trip to the National Army Museum archives (Please see detailed report on provenance page) we now believe this sword is from the 52nd Oxfordshire light infantry. The 52nd played a key role in defeating Napoleon's imperial guard.The museum houses an 1803 peninsular war sword with a near identical badge.

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Light Division officers sword Cotton Collection

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 A beautiful Light Division officers sword originally in the Cotton Collection at Waterloo.

30inch Blade marked to DAWES. a Birmingham sword maker 1798-1812.

Comes with the original Cotton Collection storage tag. This one has the Light division crest on it and is in overall good condition. The grip is a little worn as you would expect from a 200 year old sword.

Ex cotton collection eventually making it's way via numerous auctions to the Broadstairs Waterloo museum where it was exhibited from 1990-1999.

A really lovely item with exceptional provenance.

Following our recent trip to the National Army Museum archives (Please see detailed report on provenance page) we now believe this sword is from the 52nd Oxfordshire light infantry. The 52nd played a key role in defeating Napoleon's imperial guard.The museum houses an 1803 peninsular war sword with a near identical badge.


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British Infantry Officers Sword

 

Description

 

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British infantry officers short sword

Obtained from a private Waterloo Belgian Collection in 2004

Missing the grip wrapping and part of the handle

In overall good condition has been restored and is still after nearly 200 years razor sharp

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British Infantry Officers Sword

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Description

 

Sold

 

British infantry officers short sword

Obtained from a private Waterloo Belgian Collection in 2004

Missing the grip wrapping and part of the handle

In overall good condition has been restored and is still after nearly 200 years razor sharp


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British 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre - Cotton Collection SOLD

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Description

 

British light Cavalry Sabre

1796 pattern, regimentally marked to D Troop 7th Hussars [Edward Cottons old regiment] with an issue number of 24. It was made and marked by D.Egg.

 

This item spent nearly one hundred years as part of the Cotton Collection in the Waterloo Museum on the battlefield

In 1909 it was sold as item 126 in the Cotton Collection Auction, eventually obtained by the Broadstairs Waterloo Museum in 1990

It was purchased by myself after the museum's closure in 1999

 

This sword is in excellent condition and comes with the original 1909 auction tag.

Which reads "British Light Cavalry Sabre from the field of Waterloo E Cotten

On the back is the auction id number 126. The tag is very faded but readable.

 

Very rare sabre with impeccable provenance

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British 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre - Cotton Collection SOLD

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 SOLD

 

Description

 

British light Cavalry Sabre

1796 pattern, regimentally marked to D Troop 7th Hussars [Edward Cottons old regiment] with an issue number of 24. It was made and marked by D.Egg.

 

This item spent nearly one hundred years as part of the Cotton Collection in the Waterloo Museum on the battlefield

In 1909 it was sold as item 126 in the Cotton Collection Auction, eventually obtained by the Broadstairs Waterloo Museum in 1990

It was purchased by myself after the museum's closure in 1999

 

This sword is in excellent condition and comes with the original 1909 auction tag.

Which reads "British Light Cavalry Sabre from the field of Waterloo E Cotten

On the back is the auction id number 126. The tag is very faded but readable.

 

Very rare sabre with impeccable provenance


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French Hussars Sword lovely provenance

 

Description

 

 French Hussars sword brought back by Private Benjamin Harriman of the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards.

This sword comes with a nineteenth century storage tag which identifies the sword as being used at Waterloo by an Ensign Harriman of the Kings Dragoon Guards.

It was later presented to a Captain Hine on a date which is unreadable. I have been unable to trace this captain but i know that it was presented to him by Harriman's Great Grandson.

I spent a great deal of time researching this sword and eventually found that it was brought back by a Benjamin Harriman who fought and was wounded at Waterloo with the Kings Dragoon Guards. This is not a standard British Issue sword and i believe that is is probably a sword he either brought back as a souvenir or used it when his own one broke.

A trawl througn the waterloo medal role reveals that only one Harriman fought at Waterloo. Harriman was wounded at Waterloo and was later hospitalised at the Chelsea hospital as his war records show.

This item is in excellent condition except for the wooden grip which has deteriorated badly on one side. It comes with the original handwritten storage tag containing the history.

A piece with fine provenance.

 

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French Hussars Sword lovely provenance

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Description

 

 French Hussars sword brought back by Private Benjamin Harriman of the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards.

This sword comes with a nineteenth century storage tag which identifies the sword as being used at Waterloo by an Ensign Harriman of the Kings Dragoon Guards.

It was later presented to a Captain Hine on a date which is unreadable. I have been unable to trace this captain but i know that it was presented to him by Harriman's Great Grandson.

I spent a great deal of time researching this sword and eventually found that it was brought back by a Benjamin Harriman who fought and was wounded at Waterloo with the Kings Dragoon Guards. This is not a standard British Issue sword and i believe that is is probably a sword he either brought back as a souvenir or used it when his own one broke.

A trawl througn the waterloo medal role reveals that only one Harriman fought at Waterloo. Harriman was wounded at Waterloo and was later hospitalised at the Chelsea hospital as his war records show.

This item is in excellent condition except for the wooden grip which has deteriorated badly on one side. It comes with the original handwritten storage tag containing the history.

A piece with fine provenance.

 


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