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The wearing of swords by civilians c.1775

Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:42 pm
by jelayemprins
Sword wearing by civilians c.1775 England?

References please to belts/baldrics or similar- looking for a simple but authentic method- buckles etc?


Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:37 pm
by steve stanley
Waistbelt under the waistcoat....two straps on side meeting at 45 degrees to form frog.

Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:48 pm
by Phil the Grips
Angelo'd be your man- images of his fencing and the swordbelt of the time here- ... 51814&sid=

Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:05 am
by wurzul
The English abandon swords earlier than other Europeans, and canes become more common than swords by the 1770s. Besides the obvious gentility issues for citizens (the lower sort were mocked for pretensions to sword wearing), swords at this point might be more apt for formal occasions, or for specific needs, ie travelling.

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:21 pm
by Andysmith
Yep...swords for gentleman's daywear had fallen out of fashion by this date

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:10 pm
by Grymm
Wotho Ian, yes the sword had dropped out of fashion for daywear by then, still worn for the odd formal evening doo and ceremonial occasions.
Some are held up by a 'chatalaine' type clip
with two chains that clip onto rings on the scabbard
With those bits that look like they are from a dog lead
The chatalaine either goes over a belt or the top edge of your britches

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:50 pm
by Phil the Grips
I knew I'd seen repros for sale somewhere-