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von Winterfeldt19 Mar 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

Would the metal parts, like hilt, sabre guard, metal of the fittings on the scabbard go according to button colour or just the usual brass respeictivly gilded sabre guards?
Like in the Prussian Army, infantry, it would be brass all the time, it didn't matter what button colour the regiment had.
Franklin suggest that – at least for officers in the British army this was different.

dibble19 Mar 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

Franklin says that there were gilded brass officers swords for gold mettalled regiments and of silver fittings and scabbard, with some records of steel scabbards for silver metalled regiments.

from 1803 the 95th and 60th used steel metalled swords. Before 1803 the 60th used gilded brass.

Paul :)

Artilleryman19 Mar 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

As Paul says there were variations between the 'gold' and 'silver' buttoned regiments for the officers. For NCOs and musicians, the fittings were always brass regardless.

von Winterfeldt19 Mar 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

Thank you both

Jabba Miles20 Mar 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

If my memory is correct I believe for the cavalry all hilts were steel with the exception of the household units which were brass/gilded.
Corrections accepted been a while since read books.

dibble22 Mar 2017 3:44 a.m. PST

The Houshold cavalry had steel.


Paul :)

Jabba Miles22 Mar 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

I sit corrected must have been a picture of a dress sword I had floating around in my memory.

dibble22 Mar 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Yes they did and it looked like this:


Paul :)

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