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the PSR review of the kit calls the figure an infantry colonel, with the info coming from Strelets they say. So the straight sword is absolutely ok for that man.
Those chevrons on the thighs were not a personal matter, they were clearly defined for all ranks from colonel down to sous-lieutenant. My German source calls that the husarische Uniform, so hussar-style, and it shows them also for infantry officers, in theory, at least. The plates show all the infantry officers in the usual white trousers but it also has some schematic depictions that refer to officers in general, and even depict infantry shakos to illustrate the facts. I suppose they could be worn if mounted, that is why we see them on cavalry officers usually.
I hope I could be of some help with your issue.
Yep Sarge is indeed right about straight swords being ok so I stand corrected. As for the Chevrons ive seen pictures of French officers with them and without them, having just plain blue trousers on. So them being moulded on the figure is fine as well. That 1st General staff set is indeed a fantastic set and it would be great if it was possible for it to be re-released.
He's listed on the back of the box as "Colonel of Infantry".
In the British Army an officer of that rank could wear and carry pretty much what he liked. French Colonels may have been more regulated.
It is curious, wonder who/what he represents? Maybe Strelets could enlighten us further?
Excellent research Donald, I think you’ve nailed it! Thanks for sharing.
After so many experts speaking let me add my humble opinion.
This figure is meant to represent Hyacinthe-Louis-Ernest de Dreux-Nancré, ADC to général de division Gudin de la Sablonnière (yes, the very same Gudin who was killed during the 1812 campaign and whose remains were recently found at Smolensk). The uniform he is wearing is that of an ADC to a divisional general, of light cavalry style. And yes, the sabre should be slightly curved rather than straight, and the red brassard egded gold worn on the left arm and denoting an ADC to a divisional general is missing. And yes, the bastion-shaped lace on the breeches denote rank - three chevrons for a capitaine.
https://www.neustadtgalerie.com/fr/oeuvre/victor-huen-capitaine-de-deux-nancre-aide-de-camp-de-general-de-division-grande-tenue-vienne-1809-612 [his name is Dreux-Nancré, not Deux-Nancré]