Prussian Dragoons Weapons

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Firearms

Prussian Dragoon Carbine M1726

Prussian Carbine FWR Thumb Plate - Source: Digby Smith
The construction of this weapon was as for the infantry musket. The barrel was held onto the stock by pins. The main difference was that a ring was fitted around the butt just below the lowest ramrod guide; an iron runner extended from this ring, back to the lock fixing bar, where it was screwed to the butt. An iron ring was held by this bar, which was meant to take the carbine hook on the man's bandolier.

The thumb plate, on top of the neck of the butt, bore the crowned royal cipher: 'FWR' (Friedrich Wilhelm Rex I).

Prussian Dragoon Carbine M1726 - Source: Digby Smith


Technical details
Overall length 1415 mm
Length of barrel 1030 mm
Calibre 17 mm
Length of the flintlock plate 155 mm
Weight 4040 grammes
Prussian Carbine FR Thumb Plate - Source: Digby Smith
When Frederick the Great succeeded to the throne in 1740, the thumb plates of the new carbines produced bore the crowned royal cipher 'FR'.

Prussian Dragoon Pistol M1731

Prussian Dragoon Pistol M1731 - Source: Digby Smith

These weapons were produced in Spandau from 1731 onwards.

Technical details
Overall length 567 mm
Length of barrel 368 mm
Calibre 17 mm
Length of the flintlock plate 145 mm
Weight 1370 grammes


Edged Weapons

Prussian Dragoon Sword M1734

Prussian Dragoon Sword M1734 - Source: Digby Smith

The hilt is of brass; on one side of the blade is stamped the word 'POTSDAM', on the other is the eagle. One bar of this grip seems to have been badly bent.

Technical details
Overall length 1115 mm
Length of the blade 942 mm
Width of the blade 43 mm
Weight 1130 grammes


Prussian Dragoon Sword M1740

Prussian Dragoon Sword M1740 - Source: Digby Smith

The hilt is of iron; the brass wire covering the black grip is missing. On one side of the blade is stamped the word 'POTSDAM'; on the other is stamped the eagle.

Technical details
Overall length 1082 mm
Length of the blade 914 mm
Width of the blade 35 mm
Weight 1250 grammes


Prussian Dragoon Officer's Sword M1735

Prussian Dragoon Officer's Sword M1735 - Source: Digby Smith

The hilt is of gilt brass, there are rococo designs engraved on both sides of the base of the blade, just under the hilt.

Technical details
Overall length 1001 mm
Length of the blade 840 mm
Width of the blade 28 mm
Weight 880 grammes


Prussian Cavalry Musician Sword M1730

Prussian Cuirassier Trumpeter and Dragoon Drummer Sword M1730 - Source: Digby Smith

The cast brass handle is the same as for the infantry sabre M1715. The letters 'MYS I' have been stamped into the pommel. There are no marks on the blade.

Technical details
Overall length 1023 mm
Length of the blade 860 mm
Width of the blade 36,5 mm
Weight 1020 grammes


References

Die Bewaffnung und Ausrüstung der Armee Friedrichs des Grossen Eine Dokumentation aus Anlaß seines 200. Todesjahres. Ausstellungskatalog, Rastatt 1986

Acknowledgments

Digby Smith for the initial version of this article