Antique Austrian - Russian Sword Hanger 18th century
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Antique 18th century circa 1750 silver mounted officer Sword Couttoe Hanger custom made for a Pandur officer. DETAILS: A hilt of characteristic Karabela form fitted with grips-scales fluted and retained by three elaborate silver rivets and enclosed by silver straps. A solid silver cross-guard with short gadrooned quillons with lobe-shaped tips with a silver ferrule at the base stamped in several places with silver hallmarks. A slightly curved single edged blade, double edged toward the point with fuller, engraved on each face with a standing figure of Pandur with a sword and gun, and wearing on his head a colpack (Hungarian Hussar-style hat) with the engraved motto above "Vivat Pandur". With its original leather scabbard with horizontal fluted silver locket and chape.
REFERENCES: In 1741, Franz Freiherr von der Trenck raised a corps of Pandurs in Slavonia for service in the War of Austrian Succession. Trenck was commended for his exceptionally successful raids against enemy supply lines and outpost, and he was asked to increase his corps from 1000 to 2600 men; there were as well Russian Pandurs: Regardind to Vlad Gromoboy. During the War of 1736-39 with Turkey, many volunteers from Serbia, Moldavia and Wallachia, entered Russian service when the war ended, most of them wished to stay in Russia, they were suggested either to enlist with the Russian regular army or to settle in the Southern regions of Ukraine. This predetermined the following development of Pandur troops in Russia: some of them became a part of the regular army, others formed a settled military like the Austrian Grenz military. Novaia Serbia had to provide 2 Pandur (Foot) Foot regiments were of 5 Grenadier & 15 Pandur (Musketeer) companies each. They were named 1-st & 2-nd. Later an independent garrison battalion in Novomirgorod was raised. It was of 1 Grenadier & 3 Pandur companies. The Russian Pandur infantry had a uniform and armament like the Austrian Grenz infantry. Since the Pandurs Regiments were in Austria and Russia, many silver mounted luxury officers swords were ordered and custom made in other countries as France or Germany, and the style of these particular swords were similar; it is uncertain whether this particular sword belonged to Russian or Austrian Pandurs.
CONDITION: The scabbard was broken and repaired in the lower part, missing the frog-button, Cracks in one of the ivory grips-scale otherwise in good condition.
MEASUREMENTS: The overall length of the sword in the scabbard is 65.7cm (25 7/8 in).
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- Militaria & Weapons
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- Pandur Sword
- 18th century circa 1750
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