Orders, Decorations and Medals (20 October 1993)

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Date of Auction: 20th October 1993

Sold for £240

Estimate: £180 - £220

HANOVER WATERLOO 1815 (Quart. John. Christian Langenheinecken Hus. Reg. Herzog V. Cumberland) fitted with contemporary silver clip and bar suspension, edge bruises and contact marks, good fine or better


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 manoeuvres. 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.