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Belgian Ambassador Herremans's Smallsword

S000053_Belgian_Ambassador_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 20th Century
Min/Max date1 1900-01-01 - 1959-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Belgium Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit1 Ambassador
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Haynaut
Quillions1 2 Provenance(detail)1 November 14 2015
Hilt type1 Pierced shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Torsade
Pommmel type1 Busy Condition1 Good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2015-11-25
Information source 1 Author
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 94.5 37.20 80.1 31.54 81.5 32.09
Max width(cm/In)1 11.10 4.37 1.73 0.68 2.59 1.02
Max thickness(cm/In)1 4.00 1.57 0.94 0.37 2.26 0.89
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.72 0.28 1.28 0.50
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.36 0.14 0.97 0.38
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.21 0.48 1.46 0.57
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.54 0.21 1.13 0.44
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle Rounded triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle Rounded triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.40 0lb 14oz -- -- 0.10 0lb 4oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Ivory Steel Black leather
Bronze Nickel coating Bronze
Gilding -- --
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Features1 Lion Acid etching Floral design
Crown Floral design --
Crossed scepters Trophy of arms --
Flowers -- --
Medal -- --
Lizards -- --
Marks1 -- -- --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 P R Monogram
Information source 1 Author
This sword belonged to Raymond Herremans, who was Belgian ambassador to Japan from September 1956 to July 1959. However, this sword must have been received or bought from a predecessor, as it is of more ancient make and the scabbard is engraved with someone else's monogram (P.R.). It seems that the blade was replaced, yet the new blade is coherent in style.

I was a able to buy a lot containing not only this sword, but also a few papers belonging to Ambassador Herremans. This included his uniform's hat and sash, which I include here for your viewing pleasure.

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