Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale on
Wednesday 6th December 2017
On view:
3 December 2017 12:00 to 16:00
4 December 2017 10:00 to 19:00
5 December 2017 10:00 to 17:00
Lots: 101-150 of 384
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Lot 101
A BRITISH HIGHLAND INFANTRY OFFICER'S BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD, MID-18TH CENTURY
with tapering blade double-edged towards the point, formed with three long slender fullers and retaining traces of a maker's inscription including a double eyelash mark on each face, iron hilt of rounded bars (pitted), carrying an alternating arrangement of slender and square panels, compressed spherical pommel, an early red fabric liner (moth damage), and fishskin-covered grip (binding missing)
79.0 cm; 31 1/8 in blade

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 102
A HIGHLAND REGIMENT OFFICER'S BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
with tapering fullered blade double-edged towards the point, iron basket-hilt of flattened bars carrying an alternating arrangement of narrow and near square panels each pierced with stylised hearts and circles (one panel cracked), scrolling quillon, conical pommel and sharkskin-covered grip bound with plaited wire (the blade and hilt with areas of rust)
80.8 cm; 31 3/4 in blade

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 103
A HIGHLAND REGIMENT OFFICER'S BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
with tapering fullered blade double-edged towards the point, iron basket-hilt of flattened bars carrying an alternating arrangement of narrow and near square panels each pierced with stylised hearts and circles, scrolling quillon, conical pommel and wire-bound spirally-carved grip with 'Turks Heads' (light pitting)
77.2 cm; 30 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 104
A RARE BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE 116TH (PERTHSHIRE HIGHLANDERS) REGIMENT, BREADALBANE FENCIBLES, CIRCA 1794
with broad blade double-edged towards the tip, engraved regulation basket-guard formed of two halves (worn), each comprised of flattened bars, including panels of scrolling thistle flowers and foliage, the centre incorporating the regimental device, associated bun-shaped pommel and later grip
74.2 cm; 29 1/4 in blade

A number of short-lived highland regiments were raised in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, including the 116th (Perthshire Highlanders) raised in 1794 and disbanded shortly after. See Robson 1996, pp. 173-4. Another example from this group formerly in the collection of Anthony North was sold in these rooms 30th June 2010, lot 165.
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 105
A HIGHLAND REGIMENT OFFICER'S BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD,LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with broad double-edged German blade signed 'J. J. Runkel Solingen' within a short fuller on each face, brass hilt of rounded bars carrying an alternating arrangement of rectangular and square panels, solid scrolling quillon, and fluted bun-shaped pommel (loose) and spirally carved horn grip (binding missing)
84.3 cm; 33 1/8 in blade

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 106
A VICTORIAN HIGHLAND BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD, LATE 19TH CENTURY
with fullered blade, iron hilt of rounded bars carrying panels pierced with hearts and circles, quillon, and fluted bun-shaped pommel (grip missing)
81.5 cm; 32 1/8 in blade

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 107
A BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD IN EARLY 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH STYLE, 20TH CENTURY
of heavy construction, with broad fullered blade cut with a running wolf mark, iron hilt of rounded bars incorporating pierced panels with cusped borders, ramshorn mouldings, S-shaped bars, scrolling quillon and fluted pommel, and blackened grip with brass 'Turk's heads'
83.7 cm; 33 in blade


Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 108
A BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD IN EARLY 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH STYLE, 20TH CENTURY
of heavy construction, with broad fullered blade stamped with three marks on one face (indistinct), iron hilt of rounded bars incorporating pierced broad and narrow panels with cusped borders, scrolling quillon and fluted pommel, and spirally bound grip with 'Turk's heads'
83.7 cm; 33 in blade



Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 109
A DETACHED BLADE FROM A BROADSWORD, 18TH CENTURY
of flattened rounded section, stamped 'Andrea' and 'Farara' between a series of King's head marks on each face (worn), rectangular ricasso and tapering tang
69.4 cm; 27 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 110
A SCOTTISH BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD, LATE 20TH CENTURY
with etched fullered polished blade, plated basket-hilt of rounded bars with openwork panels, fluted bun-shaped pommel, leather-covered grip, in its black painted scabbard
79.5 cm; 31 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £50 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 111
THREE SCOTTISH DRESS DAGGERS (SKEAN DHU), 20TH CENTURY
the first by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, etched 'H'land Lt Infty' and with maker's details at the forte, gilt-brass hilt decorated with the regimental device, basket-weave grip, in its scabbard; the second similar, for the Cameron Highlanders; and the third similar, for the Seaforth Highlanders and Rossshire Buffs
the first: 12.0 cm; 4 3/4 in blade
(3)


Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 112
A FINE 18 CT GOLD-MOUNTED DRESS DIRK BY HAMILTON AND INCHES, EDINBURGH 1966, BASED ON THAT PRESENTED TO SIR COLIN CAMPBELL, G.C.B., BY THE HIGHLANDERS OF BREADALBANE, GLENORCHY & NETHER LORNE IN 1856
with broad blade double-edged at the point and formed with a notched back-edge, etched with a long panel of strapwork and thistle foliage on a frosted ground on one face and with further designs enclosing the inscription 'Presented to General Sir Colin Campbell G.C.B. by the Highlanders of Breadalbane, Glenorchy & Nether Lorne, as a mark of their admiration of his high qualities as a soldier and devotion to his country 1856' on the other, gold hilt finely cast and chased with thistle foliage, the pommel incorporating a band of openwork trellis and set with a faceted citrine, hardwood basketweave grip enriched with gold nails, in its wooden scabbard covered with plum velvet, with marked gold mounts decorated en suite, the middle band decorated with crossed flags, the chape involving the Campbell crest and motto, complete with it accompanying knife and fork each mounted with gold and citrine en suite with the hilt, in its lined and fitted case covered with red morocco
26.7 cm; 10 1/2 in blade

Estimate:  £3500 - 4000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 113
TWO SCOTTISH SILVER-MOUNTED DRESS DAGGERS (SKEAN DHU), EDIINBURGH 1970 AND 1971
the first by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, etched with Gordon Highlanders and maker's details at the forte, silver hilt including openwork pommel, in its scabbard; the second with etched blade and the hilt and scabbard mounts decorated with traditional Celtic motifs
the first: 11.8 cm; 4 5/8 in blade
(2)
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 114
A NORTH EUROPEAN TRANSITIONAL SWORD, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 17TH CENTURY
with tapering blade formed in three stages, the uppermost of flattened-diamond section, the middle flattened-hexagonal and the base stamped 'Tomaso Ayala' and 'En Toledo' between a series of decorative cross marks within a short fuller on each face, chiselled blackened iron hilt comprising a pair of straight quillons with flowerhead terminals, outer ring-guard interrupted by a central double moulding en suite with the quillon terminals, gadrooned pommel decorated with a flower head on top, and later grip bound with plaited wire between 'Turk's Heads'
89.0 cm; 35 in blade

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 115
AN ENGLISH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON, LATE 17TH CENTURY
with slender blade of flattened-diamond section, stamped 'In Toledo' within a short fuller on each face, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising asymmetrical double shell-guard, a pair of slender arms, near rectangular knuckle-guard, and pommel (marks rubbed), the principal elements chased with masks in low relief on a matted ground enriched with foliage, and the grip bound with plaited wire between Turk's Heads'
76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in blade

A sword with a very similar hilt marked by Richard Fuller, is preserved in the Royal Armouries Leeds, inv. no. IX.1797. Richard Fuller, a gifted silver-hilt maker and sword cutler is recorded circa 1670-1731. See Southwick 2001, plate 20-1, p. 277.
Estimate:  £1500 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 116
AN IRISH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1780, RETAILED BY BENNETT, DUBLIN
with colichemarde blade etched with scrolls, celestial masks and a bird over the forte, silver hilt with gadrooned borders cast and chased in low relief, comprising 'boatshell' guard, a pair of straight quillons with slightly recurved terminals, knuckle-guard, a pair of small plain arms, spirally moulded pommel, and the grip bound with plaited wire and ribband between moulded collars, in its parchment-covered wooden scabbard with silver locket and chape, the former punched with the retailer's details
82.3 cm; 32 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 117
AN ENGLISH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON, 1737, PROBABLY, JOHN (I) BENNETT
with German hollow-triangular blade, blued over the forte and inlaid with brass scrolls, silver hilt finely cast and chased in low relief comprising four differing fishing and hunting scenes on the shell-guard, globular quillons decorated with scrolls, a pair of moulded arms, knuckle-guard interrupted with an avian moulding, and pommel en suite with the knuckle-guard, the principle scenes all against a punched finely matted ground
70.0 cm; 27 1/2 in blade

John Bennett (1708/9-74) apprenticed to John Carman 1723, became free of the Cutlers' Company 1731, was elected to the court 1745, and is recorded as a hiltmaker in Threadneedle Street 1773.


Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 118
A FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1780
with slender hollow-triangular bladed etched and gilt with scrolls on a blued panel over the forte, silver hilt (marks obscured), cast and chased in low relief, comprising oval shell-guard engraved with scrolling foliage on the outer face, the inner decorated with scrolls enriched with faceted beads in imitation of brilliants, quillon, knuckle-guard, ovoid pommel and integral grip all decorated with scrolls and beadwork en suite, in contemporary leather-covered wooden scabbard, perhaps the original, with silver locket, chape and middle-band all decorated with scrollwork
84.7 cm; 33 3/8 in blade
Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 119
A NORTH EUROPEAN SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED AND GILT HILT, CIRCA 1750
with associated hollow-triangular blade, iron hilt comprising double shell-guard chiselled with a foliate border enclosing a pattern of numerous minute expanded flower heads with a framework of gilt trellis on each face, a pair of arms decorated with gilt foliage, quillon, knuckle-guard and ovoid pommel all en suite with the guard and arms, and original grip bound with plaited wire and ribband decorated with gilt flower heads between 'Turk's Heads'
81.5 cm; 32 1/8 in blade


Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 120
AN ENGLISH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON, CIRCA 1785
with hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls over the forte, silver hilt cast and chased with faceted beads in imitation of brilliants, comprising oval openwork dish-guard decorated with a radiating design of foliage (date mark unclear), a pair of quillons with rounded terminals, a pair of slender arms, quillon-block centring on a star, knuckle-guard, and ovoid pommel, and the grip bound with plaited wire and ribband between chased silver collars
82.5 cm; 32 1/2 in blade

A similar hilt, marked for London 1785-6, is illustrated Southwick 2001, colour plate 10.

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 121
A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED AND GILT IRON HILT, CIRCA 1750
with tapering hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls over the forte (light surface rust), iron hilt chiselled with scrolls and trophies-of-arms in low relief, comprising asymmetrical shell-guard, a pair of arms, quillon with globular terminal, knuckle-guard, ovoid pommel and the grip bound with plaited wire between 'Turk's Heads'
73.0 cm; 28 3/4 in blade
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 122
AN ENGLISH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON 1728
with hollow-triangular blade, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief on a finely matted ground, comprising asymmetrical shell-guard decorated with trophies-of-artillery beneath a canopy supported by classical figures on the outside and further canopied trophies on the inside, globular quillon, knuckle-guard decorated with scrollwork and ovoid pommel en suite with the shell, and associated grip bound with plaited wire between silver collars
69.2 cm; 27 1/4 in blade

Estimate:  £450 - 550 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 123
A CHISELLED AND GILT IRON BODKIN AND TWO PARTIAL SMALL-SWORD HILTS, FRENCH, MID-18TH CENTURY
the first with tapering spike threaded at the base, ovoid pommel decorated with frames filled with trophies surrounded by garlands, all on a matted and gilt ground; the second and third comprising the quillon, knuckle-guard, quillon-block and arms, one decorated with rococo shells, garlands and foliage and the other with foliage and figures in classical garb, on a punched gilt ground
the first: 8.0 cm; 3 1/8 in
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 124
A RARE HUNTING SWORD WITH TORTOISESHELL-VENEERED HILT, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GERMAN
with associated French blade, steel hilt chiselled with geometric ornament, including down-turned shell, moulded quillon with ovoid terminal, knuckle-guard interrupted by a faceted oval moulding, and swelling faceted grip entirely covered with tortoiseshell
77.5 cm; 30 in blade

A series of hunting swords with tortoiseshell-veneered grips are preserved in the Stibbert Musuem, Florence.
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 125
A FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED HUNTING SWORD, PARIS SMALL CHARGE MARK FOR 1762-8
with slightly curved blade double-edged towards the point, etched with a trophy-of-arms within an oval with scrollwork top and bottom on each side at the forte, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising a pair of recurved moulded quillons, spirally-moulded cap pommel, and dark-stained horn grip bound with silver wire and ribband
59.0 cm; 23 1/4 in blade


Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 126
A GERMAN HUNTING SWORD, MID-18TH CENTURY
with slightly curved blade double-edged towards a clipped-back point, etched and gilt with trophies, the motto 'V.Pandur' and a hussar on a blued panel on each side (light wear), steel cross-piece formed with a moulded collar (knuckle-chain missing), moulded pommel-cap, and horn grip stained in imitation of tortoiseshell
50.0 cm; 19¾ in blade
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 127
A MEDIEVAL SHORTSWORD, 15TH CENTURY
in excavated condition, with curved single-edged blade, iron hilt including a pair of asymmetrical drooping quillons, and retaining nine rivets for attaching the grips with nine engraved brass washers decorated with expanded rose heads
40.0 cm; 15 3/4 in blade

The vendor states that, by tradition, this was found on the site of the Battle of Towton (29th March 1461).

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 128
A MEDIEVAL DAGGER, CIRCA 1470-90, POSSIBLY ITALIAN
in excavated condition, with tapering double-edged blade with traces of three short fullers on each face, iron hilt comprising curved quillons with scrolling terminals, écusson, and near spherical pommel decorated with a scallop design on the front
30.5 cm; 12 in blade

For an Italian sword of related form see Oakeshott 1960 no. 21 (a).

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 129
A GERMAN CHISELLED IRON SCABBARD FOR A SMALL DAGGER, MID-17TH CENTURY
formed in one piece, of tapering circular section, decorated with rudimentary figurative designs and scrolls (patinated)
20.0 cm; 7 7/8 in
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 130
A QUANTITY OF SWORD SCABBARDS, 18TH CENTURY
including two for hussar type swords, another with gilt brass locket and middle band, and seven further scabbards (losses, some in relic condition)
(10)
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 131
A RARE ENGLISH PLUG BAYONET, DATED 1690
with tapering double-edged blade, stamped with a King's head mark on each face, one face with the copper-lined mark of the London Cutler's Company and a copper-lined 'T' mark, the forte inscribed 'God Save King William & Mary' and 'Nicholas Arnold 1690' with traces of gilding on the respective faces, moulded brass hilt comprising a pair of straight quillons with helmeted warrior head terminals, cap pommel formed en suite, and turned wooden grip, in its tooled leather-covered wooden scabbard with brass mounts including a moulded hook at the front, and with a leather frog for attachment to a belt
29.0 cm; 11 3/8 in blade

Bayonets with inscriptions relating to King William and Queen Mary are notably rare. The mark is probably that of Gyles Lyndesy who became Free of the Cutler's Company in 1673, was granted this mark in 1678 and became a liveryman in 1678. A knife and fork and a hunting sword bearing his mark are in the Collections of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. See Hinde and Herbert 2005, p. 52. Nicholas Arnold is probably the Officer who owned this bayonet.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 132
§A RARE ITALIAN GUNNER'S STILETTO (FUESTTO DI BOMBARDIERE), MID-17TH CENTURY
with tapering blade of triangular section, engraved on the inner face with calibrated graduations from 1 to 120, moulded baluster-shaped forte, iron hilt formed of a pair of spirally moulded bud-shaped quillons and pommel en suite, spirally hippopotamus ivory grip inset with horn rondels and small pellets and bound with plaited wire, and a white metal collar top and bottom
22.7 cm; 9 in blade

For a discussion of Fuestto di Bombardiere see Mann 1931, pp. 46-50.
Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 133
§A SMALL KNIFE WITH IVORY GRIP, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY AND ANOTHER, 15TH CENTURY
both in excavated condition, the first with single-edged blade formed with a series of notches at the base, and spirally carved ivory grip (small age cracks); the second with single-edged blade extending into a tang and later wooden grips
the first: 17.2 cm; 6 3/4 in
(2)
Estimate:  £120 - 180 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 134
A COMPOSITE LEFT-HAND DAGGER, CIRCA 1660, PROBABLY FRENCH
with tapering double-edged blade of diamond-section, formed with a pair of pierced narrow fullers on each side of a pronounced medial ridge on each face (pitted), rectangular ricasso flattened for the thumb on the inside and grooved on the other side, iron hilt comprising quillons chiselled in the shape of cherubic figures, central cartouche containing a classical warrior on horseback, pommel decorated en suite with the guard, and later grip bound with spirally moulded plaited wire between 'Turk's Heads'
25.6 cm; 10 in blade

A very similar hilt of a small-sword, formerly part of the von Kienbusch Collection, is preserved in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. See Norman 1992, p.69.

Provenance
William Randolph Hearst
Paris Watson & Co., Inc., New York, sold to the City Art Museum of St Louis in 1939
Sold Sotheby's New York, 24th May 1993, lot 421
Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 135
A 'HOLBEIN' DAGGER IN SWISS 16TH CENTURY STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
with broad double-edged blade of flattened-diamond section, iron hilt comprising guard and pommel respectively cast with masks and demi-figures, cast grip in imitation of plaited wire, in its openwork scabbard formed in two pieces and lined in wood, the outer faces decorated with Landskencht warriors in contemporary costume, and with traces of silvered finish
23.2 cm; 9 1/8 in blade

See Schneider 1976, pp. 154-155.

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 136
A BOWIE KNIFE BY WOODHEAD, HOWARD STREET, SHEFFIELD, MID-20TH CENTURY
with straight blade formed with a clipped-back point, etched 'I can dig gold from Quartz' and 'Californian Bowie Knife' (worn), German silver grip cast with foliage and palmette, and oval guard
18.2 cm; 7 1/4 in blade

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 137
SIX BAYONETS, 19TH CENTURY
comprising two Chassepot bayonets, both dated 1871; a Gras bayonet, dated 1878; and three further bayonets, two in their scabbards
the first: 57.5 cm; 22 5/8 in blade
(6)
Estimate:  £100 - 120 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 138
A DIVER'S KNIFE AND A GURKHA KUKRI KNIFE, 20TH CENTURY
the first with double-edged blade by Siebe Gorman & Co, turned wooden grip, in its threaded brass scabbard; the second of characteristic form, in its scabbard
the first: 17.0 cm; 6 3/4 in blade
(2)

Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 139
TWO LEFT-HAND DAGGERS IN LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY STYLE, SPAIN, 20TH CENTURY
the first with pierced broad double-edged blade, iron hilt with drooping forward-canted quillons, side ring and faceted pommel all inlaid with gold flowers and scrolls within oval frames, in its scabbard with iron mounts en suite; the second with pierced fullered blade, iron hilt with drooping quillons, side-ring and pommel all decorated in gold with scrolling foliage and cherubic masks
the first: 27.7 cm; 11 in blade
(2)
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 140
A BASKET-HILTED BACK SWORD, PROBABLY CARRIED BY AN OFFICER OF THE HIGHLAND SCOTTISH INFANTRY, CIRCA 1750-98
with broad blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a fuller over the greater part of its length, etched with scrolls of foliage, exotic birds, portrait profiles of Turks and commemorative inscriptions including the earlier date 1665, iron basket-hilt of fluted bars of near rectangular section including an alternating arrangement of near rectangular and square panels, each pierced with symmetrical arrangements of hearts and circles, with cusped borders and enriched with incised lines, scrolling quillon, fluted bun-shaped pommel, an early leather liner, and fishskin-covered grip bound with wire between 'Turk's heads'
92.8 cm; 36 ½ in blade

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 141
A BRITISH INFANTRY GRENADIER'S BASKET-HILTED HANGER OR SHORT SABRE, CIRCA 1750-70
with slightly curved fullered blade double-edged towards the point, stamped 'S. Harvey' on each face, iron three-quarter basket-hilt of flattened bars involving a series of heart, diamond and other shaped apertures, bun-shaped pommel, and fishskin-covered grip (binding missing)

From circa 1680 until 1856, each British infantry battalion contained a Grenadier company, selected from the tallest and strongest men in the battalion, formed on the right of the line when on parade and regarded as the elite of the battalion. The swords issued to Grenadiers often had basket-hilts, which not only symbolised their elite status but also gave extra protection to the right hands of the Grenadiers. Grenadiers were usually used as assault troops and so they could expect to become involved in desperate hand-to-hand combat, in which the basket-hilt functioned very well as a mailed fist.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 142
A BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S SABRE WITH SILVER-GILT HILT BY GOLDNEYS, ST JAMES'S, LONDON, CIRCA 1795-96
with curved blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a shallow fuller on each face, etched and gilt on a blued panel over the lower third with trophies involving celestial motifs, silver-gilt stirrup hilt including a pair of langets, lionhead pommel, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its silver-gilt-mounted leather scabbard with locket, chape and band with loops for suspension, the locket engraved 'Goldneys, late Neild, St James's Street, Sword Cutlers to his Royl. Highness the Prince of Wales' and stamped with the maker's mark HF
81.0 cm; 31 7/8 in blade

Sabres became popular with flank company officers of British infantry regiments in the 1790s and were ultimately officially recognised as the swords of such officers in 1803.

The firm of Goldneys - a partnership between the brothers Thomas (1769-1856) and Samuel (1770-1843) Goldney - took over the premises of James Neild (1744-1814) at 4 St. James's Street in 1793 and continued in business until 1828; the firm was noted as prominent Royal sword cutlers.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 143
AN 1822 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF MILITIA BY HAMBURGER ROGERS & CO., COVENT GARDEN, LONDON, CIRCA 1845-70
with regulation blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a single fuller over two thirds of its length, etched with 'VR' crowned and with maker's details, silver-plated hilt with folding side-guard and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its silver-plated scabbard (one side tarnished) with loops for suspension
82.4 cm; 32 ½ in blade

The silver-plating of the hilt and scabbard suggests that it may have been owned by an officer of Militia. After 1830, officers of regiments of Militia wore uniforms embellished with silver lace.

Hamburger Rogers & Co. was at 30 King Street, Covent Garden, London, from 1836 until 1917.

Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 144
§A SILVER-HILTED OFFICER'S SPADROON, PROBABLY FRANCIS THURKLE, LONDON, 1778
with slightly curved blade double-edged towards the tip, etched and gilt with foliage and trophies on a blued panel over the lower half of a long fuller on each face (light wear), silver hilt comprising circular quillon, outer guard, knuckle-guard, cushion-shaped pommel and reeded ivory grip (small chips), in its silver-mounted leather scabbard (light wear, small holes) with locket and chape (detached), the former with a single ring for suspension
80.2 cm; 31 5/8 in blade

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 145
A GEORGIAN OFFICER'S SWORD, BY GIBSON, THOMAS & CRAIGS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with curved fullered blade double-edged towards the point, etched and gilt with foliage, the crowned Royal Arms, the maker's details on one face and the crowned Royal cypher and further foliage on the other, brass stirrup hilt with wire-bound banded grip, in its brass-mounted leather-scabbard
63.0 cm; 24 3/4 in blade


Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 146
AN HISTORIC 1853 PATTERN BRITISH CAVALRY TROOPER'S SWORD APPLIED WITH A PLAQUE RECORDING ITS DISCOVERY ON THE BATTLE FIELD OF BALACLAVA BY THE EARL OF GLASGOW IN 1891
of regulation type, with slightly curved blade double-edged towards the point, iron triple-bar hilt, and leather grip-scales, and the knuckle-guard fitted with a silver plaque engraved 'Found by the Earl of Glasgow on the Field of Balaclava 1891'
89.5 cm; 35 1/4 in blade
Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 147
§A VICTORIAN 10TH (PRINCE OF WALES' OWN) HUSSAR OFFICER'S SWORD, LATE 19TH CENTURY
with etched blade decorated with scrolling foliage, 'VR' crowned, regimental details, battle honours for Peninsula and Waterloo and the maker's details 'Wheeler, & Robinson, 9 Prince's Street, Hanover Square London' (small areas of pitting), gilt-brass hilt including straight quillons with moulded terminals, a pair of ivory grip-scales retained by rosette washers, in its plated iron scabbard
82.0 cm; 32 3/8 in blade


Estimate:  £450 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 148
A 1796 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD AND AN INDIAN SWORD (TALWAR), 19TH CENTURY
the first of regulation type, with etched blade signed 'J. J. Runkel Solingen' (pitted), gilt-brass hilt with folding side-guard (grip loose); the second with curved single-edged blade double-edged towards the point, and hilt of characteristic form
the first: 82.2 cm; 32 3/8 in blade
(2)
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 149
A VICTORIAN 1845 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD, 19TH CENTURY
of regulation type, with etched blade, brass hilt, wire-bound fishskin-covered grip (small losses), in its iron scabbard
82.0 cm; 32 1/4 in blade

Estimate:  £80 - 120 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 150
A RARE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD DRAGOON TROOPER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1785
with tapering single-edged blade formed with a pair of full-length fullers on each face, brass hilt formed of a recurved outer-guard with three scrolling terminals, the upper two joining the knuckle-guard and with a further bar at the base formed as fasces surmounted by a Phrygian cap, cusped quillon, cap pommel, the guard stamped 'MA 1834' on the underside of the reverse, and later leather-covered grip bound with plaited wire, in its original leather scabbard with steel locket and chape, the former with brass stud for suspension and the former with shaped drag
97.1 cm; 38 1/4 in blade

See Ariès 4,1967, fig. 1.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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