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Belgian Court Smallsword

S000074_Belgian_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_

Data

Period1 19th Century
Min/Max date1 1830-07-21 - 1850-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Belgium Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 May 15 2016
Hilt type1 Single shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Elliptical
Pommmel type1 Crown Condition1 Very good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2016-05-16
Information source 1 Author 2 Source
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 93.9 36.97 79.3 31.22 0.0 0.00
Max width(cm/In)1 12.20 4.80 1.93 0.76 0.00 0.00
Max thickness(cm/In)1 4.80 1.89 0.90 0.35 0.00 0.00
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.62 0.24 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.41 0.16 0.00 0.00
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.21 0.48 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.67 0.26 0.00 0.00
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.57 1lb 4oz -- -- 0.00 0lb 0oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Bronze Steel --
Gilding Nickel coating --
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Features1 Belgian coat of arms 1/2 blued and gilt --
Laurel leaves Floral design --
Portrait of Athena Trophy of arms --
Ram s heads Torch --
Flowers Laurel crown --
-- 5 mm ricasso --
Marks1 -- -- --
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T. Meyer -- --
Hilt inscription1 L'union fait la force
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
A sword of this type can be found on a painting of Charles Liedts, born in Oudenaarde on December 1st 1802 and deceased in Brussels on March 21st 1878. Charles Liedts was President of the House of Representatives, then Minister, before being Governor of Brabant.

The painting represents him as having about 35-45 years, so the sword can be dated back to about 1840-1850 at least.

Another sword of this type can be seen worn recently by Belgian ambassador Henri-Eugene Beyens, who received it from his grandfather, but it was probably already old at the time of the gift. He was wearing this sword as part of his ambassador's costume upon meeting Pope John-Paul II in 1994.

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