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Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an officer of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), with presentation inscription.

Description: Presentation sword with the original scabbard etched on the blade.Lieut. Capel Fothergill Adey. “This sword presented to him at the public examination on the (…) by the Honorable Court of Directors of the East India Company as a mark of the court’s approbation of his general good conduct while at the Company’s Military Seminary.Maker: E & W Bond, 45 Cornhill, London.

Source for the presentation address: Google Books


Superb silver-gilt presentation sword and other items relating to the early history of the H.E.I.C.’s Steam Navy and, more specifically, the celebrated paddle sloop Hugh Lindsay, and her master Commander John Henry Wilson

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