Category: presentation sword

US Army Presentation Sword, c.1850-1870

Housed at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan.


British Mameluke-Hilted Officer’s Sabre Presented By General Lord Paget To His Aide-De-Camp Captain Diggens, Dated 1802

With curved blade double-edged in front of the yelman and with bright borders, the forte one side with an elongated panel enclosing the brightly etched inscription ‘From Major General Lord Paget To His Aide-De-Camp,, Diggens, 11th., Lt., Dragoons, Feb.y, 1802., ormolu hilt comprising border engraved quillon-block with bud-shaped terminals, reeded grip-strap, ivory grip-scales (old splits and minor chip), and pommel with brass-lined piercing for a sword-knot, in original wooden scabbard covered in black leather with border engraved ormolu locket, chape and suspension mounts in the Eastern fashion, the last each with suspension ring, and retaining much original gilding. 79.5 cm blade.

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An Extremely Fine Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword

83cm blade by J. & W. Wood, Cutlers, Manchester, finely etched with foliage, stands of arms, crowned VR cypher, the Arms of Stockport, slung bugle horn, Prince of Wales feathers, recipient’s crest and arms and presentation inscription, the gilt patent solid hilt, the guard cast and pierced with foliage, Prince of Wales feathers, the unit title of The Stockport Rifle Volunteers Fourth Battn Cheshire, around the Arms of Stockport, the Royal cypher, a slung bugle horn and the recipient’s crest, the back-piece cast with laurels, oak leaves and acorns and a classical helmet, wire bound chequered horn grips, in its gilt scabbard with large gilt mounts embossed with foliage and panels of trophies of arms against a stippled matted ground, two suspension rings, complete with its blue and gold bullion sword and knot.

The inscriptions reads: Presented to Major Coppock, By His Late Company The First Stockport or XVIIth Cheshire Rifle Volunteers, May 4th 1861.
HENRY COPPOCK appointed Captain when the 17th (Stockport) Company was formed 10 March 1860. Upon the formation of the 4th Administrative Battalion, Cheshire Rifle Volunteers 20 November 1860, he was appointed Major (though with a Captain’s rank), a position he held until his death in 1870.

He was born in 1806 in Stockport and became a lawyer. Upon the formation of Stockport Borough in 1835 he was appointed Town Clerk, and served the town through the troubled times of the Chartists Riots and other insurrections.

He fathered 12 children and resided at Daw Bank House, Stockport. He died in 1870. His ‘family’ arms/crest appear to be his own invention. The Arms for Stockport as shown on the sword are still in use, though they were not Granted until 1932.


British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword

This is a magnificent example of Presentation Grade Victorian Era British Rifle Regiment Officers Sword, pattern 1827. It is mounted with a slightly curved blade that measures 31 ¾ inches in length. The blade is beautifully etched on both sides as well as wonderfully inscribed on one side PRESENTED TO THE HONORABLE T.Y.LOWES. ESQe LATE CAPTn COMMANDING THE BUCKINGHAM VOLUNTEER RIFLE COMPANY, BY THE MEMBERS OF THE VOLUNTEER FORCE S.D. TASMANIA AS A SINCERE THOUGH INADEQUATE TESTIMONIAL IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS ZEALOUS AND LIBERAL SUPPORT TO THE VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT – NOVr 1862. The blade, although shows to have been cleaned in recent years reflecting some old pitting scars, does remain in nice condition. The fabulous guard is enhanced with an intricately detailed oakleaf pattern and the stringed bugle and continues to wear much of the original gold wash. The hilt is fishskin covered and is healthy but does show age wear and shrinkage nevertheless, the original twisted wire wrap remains tightly in place. Overall measuring 37 ½ inches in length.

Here is some great biographical information on the original owner of the sword, Thomas Yardley Lowes, as well as details of the presentation of the sword and a photograph of the man himself!

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British Silver Hilted Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword

83 cm unfullered blade double edged towards the point by S.J. Pillin, Manufacturer Gerrard St., Soho, London etched for virtually its entire length with foliate scrolls, the arms and crest of Middlesex, crowned VR cypher, regimental title of ‘The Queen’s Westminster (13th Middlesex) Rifle Volunteers, regimental badge, presentation inscription, and arms, crest, motto and initials of the recipient, silver regulation gothic hilt incorporating a slung bugle horn, the interior engraved with foliate scrolls, the back-piece cast with scrolling foliage, silver wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its plated scabbard engraved with recipient’s crest and motto, two suspension rings, complete with sword knot of silver bullion cord and acorn. Hallmarked London 1882, and maker’s mark S.J.P.

The inscription reads: Presented on the 12th December 1882 to Major J.W. Comerford, Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers, by members of C. Company, who had served under him whilst Captain of that Company from 1871 to 1882.

British Presentation Sword, c.1805

This sword was featured on Antiques Roadshow and is featured in a short video here.

Thank you to @steelandcotton for pointing this out to me!


British Presentation Sword, 1876

33 in. slightly curved part fullered single edged blade, etched decoration and inscribed In Testimony of their Respect and Esteem This Sword is Presented to Captain Joseph Bottomley No.1 Company 6th West York Rifle Volunteers…, the the enclosed hilt decorated with acanthus scrolls oak leaves and the Bottomley crest, wired shagreen grip, embossed pommel and back strap, in ornately engraved metal scabbard.

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Possibly the Sword of (or at least associated with) Carlos, Duke of Madrid, 19th Century

An amazing presentation quality sword with a German blade and Spanish and French Inscriptions. I’m not sure I agree with the auction house’s attribution (a gift from Spain to Britain), but they are correct that “DiEU ET MON DROIT” is the motto of the monarch of the United Kingdom. It is a fascinating sword and visually quite stunning and unique.

Having done a bit of research into the monogram on the belt plate (C7), I believe that it might be the sword of Carlos, Duke of Madrid, also known as Carlos VII. It could also simply be associated with him. 


Here he is in a caricature by Spy, and he is wearing the same sword as pictured above:


Per Wikipedia:

Don Carlos, Duke of Madrid (Spanish: Carlos María de los Dolores Juan Isidro José Francisco Quirico Antonio Miguel Gabriel Rafael; 30 March 1848 – 18 July 1909) was the senior member of the House of Bourbon from 1887 until his death. He was the Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain under the name Carlos VII from 1868 (his father’s Spanish abdication), and the Legitimist claimant to the throne of France under the name Charles XI after the death of his father in 1887.

Indian Army Presentation Sword, 20th Century

Fine Indian Army Mameluke Sword Presented to General W H B Mirrlees Commander of Royal Artillery 4th Indian Division, broad curved polished single edge blade cut with a broad fuller and etched with panels of foliage, trophy of arms and PHELPS & Co. Ltd, CALCUTTA DELHI & SIMLA, gilt brass hilt mounts with foliage in relief, 2 piece foliate carved ivory grips (one chipped), bullion dress knot, gilt knuckle chain, in its blue velvet covered scabbard with elaborate gilt brass mounts pierced with flowers and foliage. Together with its gilt wooden label inscribed ‘Sword presented to General Mirrlees by the officers and men of the Artillery in India’. Blade 80cms, overall 93cms. Preserved in fine condition, a few small patches of staining to gilding. Major-General William Henry Buchanan Mirrlees (1892–1964), R.A. WW1, battle of Le Cateau, battle of Alam Hamza, Commander RA 4th Indian Division 1940-42, DSO 1941, Major General Royal Artillery GHQ India1942-1945, bar to DSO, MC, CB.