Trooper with Pistol
This dismounted trooper carries both sword and pistol. He wears the distinctive “lobster-pot” helmet with the protective steel face visor raised. Under his armoured cuirass he wears the heavy buff leather long jacket. - See more at: http://www.kingandcountry.com/trooper-wpistol-p-8643.html#sthash.tXgmYuS0.dpuf
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was the dominant personality of the English Civil War. Originally from a modest country background he rose rapidly through the Parliamentary ranks from a humble troop commander to a regimental colonel and then a Lieutenant General of Horse all within the space of two years. Although lacking any formal military education he knew instinctively how to lead and train men...and get the best from them. Eventually he would be given the title “Lord Protector”. Our figure shows him in typical military dress of the early part of the war as a Colonel of Horse. The figure is based on the statue of Cromwell to be found outside Parliament in London...Sword in one hand...bible in the other! -
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The majority of muskets used in the Civil War were “matchlocks”. Our “Musketeer” uses his forked “rest” to steady his weapon. Extra ammunition was carried in a cross belt “bandoleer” which usually had 12 or more small wooden containers each with enough powder for a single round.
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