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Thread #87648   Message #1641788
Posted By: The Walrus
05-Jan-06 - 04:21 AM
Thread Name: BS: Suggestions on making a baldric
Subject: RE: BS: Suggestions on making a baldric
Rapaire,

"... it's going to become part of the historical re-enactment personna I'm creating: a former Jaeger, ... who carries a sword he inherited ... who took it from an officer he killed at Skotterud on August 5th, 1814. ...the family fled to the United States... "

Where is the baldric supposed to have come from? Is it the one carried by the 'original owner'? If so, it would probably be white buff leather with the blade hanging vertically, this was the norm for small swords in military service in the Napoleonic period. Light forces such as Jaeger etc. tended to use, sabres, often of the local light cavalry pattern carried (generally) in black leather.

If the baldric is to be civilian, then the section which carries the scabbard should be broader to reaching to the point of balance of the sheathed sword, either one strap (unlikely) or perhaps two (one at the throat and one at the point of balance).

It is possible that rather than a single piece baldric, the method of carriage may be a three part carrier, the section carrying the sword being joined to the rest by two rings, allowing the item to be worn either as a baldric or a waistbelt (often the buckle is a false front and the fastening carried out with a smaller buckle and strap behind - as favoured by, amongst others, the Prussians).

If you want to go into details about uniforms and sword carriage, drop me a PM, I may have some details for the Swedish and Danish-Norwegian armies,I certainly should have some bits on other armies.

Walrus