Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Part 1, 1853 Hussar

When I went to Vienna for a dance week, I took pictures at the military history museum (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) and promised to post them later. I am slow, but I have not quite forgotten. So today, I want to share one of my very favorite uniforms from that trip. I don't entirely know why, but I fell completely in love with it. It also really reminds me of the uniform from yesterday's post. The card proclaimed this a "Sommerattilla fur Wachtmeister der k.k. Husaren um 1853." Mostly I don't get German, but I guess it is an 1853 Hussar uniform. How wonderful would it be in a mid-19th century ballroom? I think it strikes an attractive balance between simple clean construction and fabulous military ornamentation. So pretty! Time for pictures - sorry about the glare, but you get the idea!
Oh, it is so pretty. Wonderful braid all over!
The cord on the back is so pretty. A very graceful line, don't you think? Plus, I found it really fascinating to see the back of one of those sashes - usually the back is covered by a jacket, and I never see!
Maybe that is a redundant picture. I still really like the back
The collar trim is cute. You probably don't often notice the back of a soldier's neck, but why not throw in extra ornaments anyway?
Fuzzy picture, but I want to try to show off the front trim. That blue and gold striped trim is charming, and the rosettes are neat, and the pattern is very striking for being so simple.
A much sharper detail shot on the rosettes and cords. Doesn't it make you want to learn how to fasten one of those cord and barrel Hussar sashes? What a great decorative knot!
I don't know what the stars mean, but I'm sure they're important. I'm more entranced by the cord patterns, though.

1 comment:

  1. "Sommerattilla fur Wachtmeister der k.k. Husaren um 1853."

    "Summer uniform for a Hussar Master of the Watch", I think. I'm not sure what the "k.k." refers to, though. Sorry!

    Google tells me that a "Wachtmeister" would be a sergeant in English.

    This is the sort of thing that would need a corset beneath, wouldn't it? It is so fitted, but not a completely natural shape so one would be required, I would think.