Sword Fighting & Winter Clothing
Sword Fighting & Winter Clothing
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
With curved fullered blade, fish skin grip and brass hilt, brass mounted leather scabbard, length of blade 60 cm, overall length in scabbard 77.5 cm.
Having a shagreen and copper wire grip, steeped and ball end pommel, brass half basket Gothic style hilt with Royal Cipher, decorative backstrap, forward facing quillon, fullered single edged blade with double edged tip, etched design with royal cipher, ricasso having star of David to one side and the other having makers ’ E. Thurkle Maker Soho London ’ along with the steel scabbard with hanging loops. Measures; 102 cm.
British Officer’s Basket-Hilted Sword With Indian Gold Koftgari Decoration, Mid-Late 18th Century
With earlier Indian curved tulwar blade double-edged at the point and with a decoratively chiselled panel on one side below the forte, the forte silver-damascened over both sides with the nada’ali quatrain, invocations to God, Muhammad, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn’ in poorly formed naskh, one side incised with two cartouches, one retaining traces of a gold-damascened inscription, elaborate guard of thin bars (two small breaks) forming open ovoidal panels damascened with gold dots and framing shaped crosses damascened with gold flower-heads, the remaining surfaces gold-damascened with landscape scenes inhabited by birds and animals including falcons attacking wildfowl and tigers attacking blackbuck, fore-guards, large scrolled wrist-guard and compressed globular pommel all decorated en suite, the wrist-guard with a sun-in-splendour amid scrolling foliage, the pommel surmounted by a large turned tang button, and chequered spirally-grooved dark horn grip (strap missing) with a silver ferrule above and below, in its wooden scabbard covered in partly tooled black leather (lower part replaced, chape missing) with shaped locket and suspension mount each decorated en suite with the hilt and carrying a ring for suspension. 78 cm blade.
Having a ray skin and wire bound grip, brass hilt with lion head pommel, shaped knuckle guard with Scots Guards emblem, Scottish thistle shell guard, forward facing quillon, single edged fullered blade with stamped ricasso ’ Hawkes & Co London Manufacturers To The Queen ’, leather scabbard with brass furniture and hanger rings. Measures: 97 cm overall.
British Pattern 1803 Infantry Officer’s Sword
This sword is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful of the regulation patterns. The P1803 was for officers of light infantry including flank companies and rifles. This is a pattern that would have been carried by some infantry officers at the Battle of Waterloo. The blade is beautifully etched with foliage, a cornucopia, Britannia, Justice (with her scales), a globe, the GR cypher of King George III, and the Royal Arms. The brass hilt and scabbard hardware still retains some of the original gilding (gold wash).
A Extremely Rare Band Sword of the 2nd Lifeguards
83cm slightly curved blade double edged towards the point etched with scrolls and VR cypher, silvered brass hilt, the crossguard decorated with scrolls and a flaming grenade on the ecusson, lion’s head pommel with loose ring for knot, carved ivory grip (chipped), in its steel scabbard, two suspension rings.
A similar sword with wire bound fish skin grip, is in the National Army Museum and illustrated in Robson, ‘Swords of the British Army’ revised edition, p.255, and it is stated ‘so far, other examples have not been encountered’.
An 1892 Pattern Household Cavalry Trooper’s Sword
87.5 cm blade stamped with various ordnance marks at the forte, regulation plated steel hilt pierced with scrolls and a crown over HC, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its steel scabbard, tow fixed and one loose suspension ring, complete with buff leather hilt liner and sword know of leather strap and acorn.