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Belgian Court Smallsword

S000078_Belgian_Court_Sword_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 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Wavre militaria fair
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 --
Hilt type1 Single shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Elliptical
Pommmel type1 Busy Condition1 Very good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Double edged
Fuller1 0 Information date 2016-06-05
Information source 1 Author 2 Source
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 91.5 36.02 76.0 29.92 79.2 31.18
Max width(cm/In)1 10.50 4.13 1.96 0.77 2.64 1.04
Max thickness(cm/In)1 3.40 1.34 0.48 0.19 2.37 0.93
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.34 0.53 1.55 0.61
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.24 0.09 0.98 0.39
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.74 0.69 2.05 0.81
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.31 0.12 0.80 0.31
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Flat. Diamond Rounded rectangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Flat. Diamond Rounded rectangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.51 1lb 2oz -- -- 0.12 0lb 4oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Ivory Steel Black leather
Bronze Nickel coating Bronze
Gilding -- Gilding
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Features1 Lion Acid etching Floral design
Crown Floral design Pearls
Crossed scepters 48 mm ricasso 2 screws
Flowers -- --
Medal -- --
Angel's heads -- --
Marks1 -- -- --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
An example of this type of sword can be found on a photograph of Henri Jaspar, who was Belgian Prime Minister from 1926 to 1931.

The picture probably dates from the 1930's, but the sword would have been bought earlier, as Jaspar was already minister in 1918.

For those of you who are interested, the mentioned picture can be found here.

Another such sword can be seen on a 1927 painting of Romain Moyersoen, bourgemestre of Aalst.

Pictures