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Belgian Engineer's Smallsword

S000072_Belgian_Engineer_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 19th Century
Min/Max date1 1800-01-01 - 1899-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Belgium Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Engineer Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 2 bars Provenance1 Wavre militaria fair
Quillions1 2 Provenance(detail)1 Gunther, May 07 2016
Hilt type1 Pierced shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Cylindrical
Pommmel type1 Coat of arms, lions heads and crown Condition1 Very good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2016-05-08
Information source 1 Author 2 Source
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 98.7 38.86 83.2 32.76 84.6 33.31
Max width(cm/In)1 11.20 4.41 1.76 0.69 3.11 1.22
Max thickness(cm/In)1 4.50 1.77 0.84 0.33 2.21 0.87
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.75 0.30 1.13 0.44
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.41 0.16 0.85 0.33
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.18 0.46 1.41 0.56
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.61 0.24 1.07 0.42
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 0.59 1lb 5oz -- -- 0.10 0lb 4oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Bronze Steel Black leather
Gilding Nickel coating Bronze
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Features1 Crossed hammers Acid etching 1 loose ring
Oak leaves Floral design Laurel crown
Laurel leaves Trophy of arms Shell
Lion s heads 8 mm ricasso Floral design
Angel -- Pearl
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Marks1 -- -- --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
There exists several variations of this type of sword. The most common is that for railroad officials (which has a winged wheel on the shell). This one is for Engineers, while this one must correspond to another administration (justice ?).

A similar sword, but probably with a mother of pearl grip, can be seen on a picture of Emile d'Hoop, civil engineer born in 1870 and deceased in 1947. This type of sword, or very similar ones, can thus be traced back to the 1920's at least as Emile d'Hoop seems to be about 45-50 years old on said picture.

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