Orders, Decorations and Medals (12 June 1991)

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Date of Auction: 12th June 1991

Sold for £260

Estimate: £200 - £240

HANOVER WATERLOO 1815 (Hussar Nicolaus Ernsting, Hus. Regt. Herzog v. Cumberland), with original steel clip and ring suspender, good very fine


The Cumberland Hussars from Hanover were a dandy regiment composed entirely of decorative young gentlemen, distinguished for their handsome appearance and complete equipments. It seems probable that the Colonel of the regiment had no intention of taking his men into battle, for when a request was made for him to support a British cavalry charge he delayed the act through unnecessary ceremonial manceuvres. At a request from Wellington to either advance or remove his regiment from the field, the Colonel tore himself away and raced with his regiment to Brussels. The entire regiment was afterwards disbanded in disgrace and the Colonel cashiered for cowardice.