Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard

Post added onWednesday, 11th December 2013

Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard

Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard
photo 1.


In 1806  the Kingdom of Holland emerged under the French rule.
With Lodewijk Napoleon as king and brother of...
This arrangement stayed to exist until 1810, when Emperor Napoleon annexed the Kingdom of Holland into his French empire.
During the four years of the existence of the Kingdom of Holland the organization, apparel and equipment changed many times.

Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard
photo 2.


This was also the case with the Cavalry of the Guard.
The organization of the Cavalry of the Guard consisted of several components such as dragoons/grenadiers on the horse, cuirassiers and hussars.
The composition of these components has changed at least ten times, with the longest interval over a period of approximately 13 months between August 1808 and September 1809.

Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard
photo 3.


As part of the Cavalry of the Guard you had Hussars of the Guard.
They were lightly armed horsemen of an elitegroup.
The officers of the Hussars of the Guard had as armament a hussars sword.
This sword came in two models.
With a leather scabbard with brass fittings.
And with an all copper scabberd (see photo 1).
The model with the all copper scabberd is covered in this article.

This saber has a brass hilt with ebony grip (see picture 2).
This model is easy to recognize by the characteristic of the frontbracket.
This is beaded and consists in total of three beads.
The upper and lower beads are round.
And the middle one is oval and faceted (see picture 3).
There are two sidewings, these prevent the sword from moving in the scabberd.

Upon the hilt is also an original Dutch sword knot attached.
This is made of red wool.
And the brush itself is finished with braided silver wire (see photos 2 and 3).

Dutch sword for Officer of the Hussars of the Guard
photo 4 .


The blade is blued and gilded engraved (see picture 4).
The blade is marked with Abraham Schimmelbusch Solingen.
The name Schimmelbusch occures frequently on Dutch used blades.

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Team Musquet

sources :
Armamentaria aflevering 6 jaargang 1971, De Cavalerie van de Garde tijdens het Koninkrijk Holland 1806-1810 by Dr. F.G. de Wilde
Blanke Wapens, Nederlandse slag- en steekwapens sinds 1600 by J.P. Puype
 

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