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Le Sabre

Le Fusil

L’Epinglette

Uniform of the Grenadiers-á-Pied de la Garde: 1810-1815

Weapons

By Paul Dawson

Le Sabre

The sabre of Grenadiers-á-Pied  were manufactured at the Imperial Arsenal of Klingenthal. The blade was 70 cm long and 3.6 cm in width at the widest point. The scabbard fastened to the baudrier by a brass button. The baionette was of the An. IX pattern was 40.2cm long overall.

In full dress sword knots were worn. For soldat these were of white leather terminating in a red worsted gland. For sergent the field was gold with a 15 mm wide red stripe of gallon baton lace, for sergent-major the field was red with a 15 mm wide gold band of gallon baton lace, for the gland was mixed red and gold as for the epaulettes.

Le Sabre

 

Top: Sword Knot for Soldat and Caporals, Bottom: Sword Knot for NCO’s

The Sabre Briquet and Giberne
with Campaign Cover

 

 

Sword knots (dragonne de sabre) cost 1,50 francs

Le Fusil

The musket issued to the Grenadiers was the  special pattern musket issued to all Garde a pied, ie a 1777 pattern Charleville with brass bands, trigger guard and flaming grenade device on the but plate. The weapon was 143,1cm long overall and had a calibre of 1,75cm. The bretelle de fusil was  975 mm long and 34 mm wide and cost 1f. In 1806 a leather musket cover 1m30 long was issued,

L’Epinglette

In order that the soldier could clean the vent on his musket, he was issued with an epinglette. This was a small round, iron file 90 mm long, tapering from 3 mm to 1 mm. It was suspended on a brass chain (aiguillette) 210 mm long.

 

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: October 2003

 

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