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Belgian 1889 pattern Presentation Sword to Iwan Beaupain

S000005_Belgian_ERM_Presentation_Sword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 20th Century
Min/Max date1 1913-01-01 - 1914-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Belgium Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Presentation sword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Artillery Reference1 --
Outfit1 Belgian Military School (ERM/KMS)
Owner1
Guard type1 4 bars Provenance1 Wavre militaria fair
Quillions1 0 Provenance(detail)1 Gunther, Jan 03 2015
Hilt type1 Oval Original owner1 Iwan Beaupain, Lt Col engineers
Grip form1 2 sides flat, 2 rounded
Pommmel type1 Star and folliage Condition1 Good
Blade type1 Straight, pipe back
Edge1 Single edged
Fuller1 0 Information date 2015-01-25
Information source 1 Author
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 107.1 42.17 91.5 36.02 94.1 37.05
Max width(cm/In)1 12.60 4.96 2.29 0.90 4.15 1.63
Max thickness(cm/In)1 9.40 3.70 0.68 0.27 2.32 0.91
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.50 0.59 1.98 0.78
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.28 0.11 0.87 0.34
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.90 0.75 2.38 0.94
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.48 0.19 1.09 0.43
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Pipe back Ellipse
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Pipe back Ellipse
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.90 1lb 16oz -- -- 0.39 0lb 14oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Horn (black) Steel Metal
Bronze Nickel coating Blued
-- -- Nickel plated mouthpiece
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Features1 Folliage Acid etching 1 loose ring
Flower Floral design Asymetrical shoe
Leather cushion -- 2 screws
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Marks1 -- Fonson & Co Fabricants Bruxelles --
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Hilt inscription1 Monogram (IB)
Blade inscription1 La 76eme promotion a son chef I Beaupain / Pour le Roi et la Patrie
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
The following is translated from a mail by Marc Beyaert, Curator of the Museum of the KMS/ERM/KM (Belgian Military Academy) which I heartily thank for his help.

Iwan Marie Joseph Antoine Beaupain was born on October 8th 1890 in Verviers, Belgium. He started to follow lessons a the ERM on November 16th 1909 as student of the 75th promotion in Artillery-Engineering. As he was first of 39 at the entrance examination and did very well in his first year, he was nominated chief of the following (76th) promotion.

He was promoted on May 25th 1914 as under-Lieutenant in the Engineers and became part of the 3rd Engineers. On May 16th 1917, he became instructor at the CISLAGn (Centre d'Instruction des Sous-Lieutenants de l'Artillerie et du Genie). On December 2nd 1919, he became assistant teacher, then, on February 8th 1922, second teacher at the ERM and taught a course on Fortifications

He gave frequent conferences at the Beverloo camp and made several trips to the Yser front, notably in February 1920. He then left the ERM to serve in the Gn/Cy (Engineers/Cyclists) on July 9th 1929. He was promoted to Major and came back to the ERM as teacher of the fortifications course on January 19th 1935.

He was promoted to Lt.Col on September 14th 1936 and commissioned as Colonel on December 26th 1938, becoming commanding officer of the 3rd Engineers and leaving the ERM on January 12th 1939. We have little information as to his path during WWII but know he survived the war and was retired as Colonel in 1947


During his years at the ERM, he wrote several books on fortifications.

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