Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale on
Wednesday 28th June 2017
On view:
Sunday 25th June - 12 noon to 4pm
Monday 26th June - 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 27th June - 10am - 5pm
Lots: 101-150 of 700
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Lot 101
AN 18 BORE INDIAN PERCUSSION GUN, SIND, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering sighted barrel moulded at the muzzle and retained by three shaped brass bands, flat lock made in British regulation style, full stock with segmental fore-end, pronounced hooked butt applied with large brass plaques, and a pair of sling swivels (ramrod missing, worn)
121.3 cm; 47 3/4 in barrel

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 102
A 16 BORE OTTOMAN DETACHED BARREL FROM A FLINTLOCK RIFLE, 18TH CENTURY, FITTED WITH ENGLISH PERCUSSION BREECH, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY
etched twist octagonal and sighted, rifled with nine grooves, encrusted with gold scrolls and foliage at the breech and muzzle, the latter with standing back-sight, fitted with scroll-engraved percussion bolster with platinum line and plug, and two ramrod-pipes
84.5 cm; 33 1/4 in barrel



Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 103
‡ A RARE 28 BORE OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK BREECH-LOADING GUN ON THE LORENZONI PRINCIPLE, TURKEY, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with turn-off barrel formed with raised mouldings inlaid with silver lines at the muzzle and breech, faceted breech inlaid with silver lines, bevelled lock, bevelled automatic cock operated by a horizontal bar acting on the circular brass breech block rotated by the side-lever decorated with silver chevrons, silver-inlaid action with circular gas escape above and below, the former grooved for sighting, hinged priming magazine cover with spring-catch closure, ball magazine on the left with hinged cover closed by a spring-catch (the lock and action with restorations), figured walnut butt inlaid with silver wire scrolls, flowers and foliage, iron butt-plate and trigger-guard (iron parts pitted), and no provision for a ramrod
62.2 cm; 24 1/2 in barrel


Estimate:  £1000 - 1400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 104
‡ AN 11 BORE BALKAN SILVER-MOUNTED GUN (KARIOPHILI) WITH OTTOMAN BARREL, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY IONNINA
with octagonal swamped sighted barrel chiselled and encrusted with silver at the muzzle and the breech (rubbed), retained by four engraved white metal bands, the breech incorporating a standing back-sight, engraved lock, full stock encased with engraved white metal en suite with the barrel bands over the fore-end, around the lock and over the butt (cracked through), the latter of characteristic form and inlaid with two further shaped engraved white metal panels on each side, a pair of sling swivels, and iron ramrod
104.5 cm; 41 1/8 in barrel

See Elgood 2009, pp. 241-244.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 105
A 22 BORE WEST BALKANS FLINTLOCK GUN (HERZEGOVINA OR MONTENEGRO), 19TH CENTURY
with tapering sighted barrel inlaid with silver scrolls (losses) and retained by four brass bands, associated rounded lock, full stock encased in openwork brass panels over the fore-end, the butt profusely applied with shaped mother-of-pearl panels enriched with brass nails (small losses), iron trigger-guard, a single lug for a suspension ring, and iron ramrod
78.7 cm; 31 in barrel

Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 106
A 22 BORE BALKAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BOKA KOTORSKA, IONNINA, OR JANNINA
with engraved tapering barrel formed with a flat and applied with small brass panels over the breech, the tang overlaid with a nielloed silver panel decorated with conventional foliage, border-engraved bevelled lock, full stock encased with finely nielloed silver against a punched parcel-gilt ground, decorated with a running pattern of flowers and foliage over the fore-end, an allegorical figure, perhaps Ceres, and an exotic bird ahead of the trigger-guard, the butt decorated with stylised rococo scrolls, further figures, flowers and foliage, small pommel formed with a raised terminal, trigger-guard decorated en suite, and slender simulated ramrod
24.3 cm; 9 5/8 in barrel

This pistol forms part of a group that were almost certainly made for the Greeks at the court of King Otto in the third decade of the 19th century as part of the Greek Romantic Revival following the War of Liberation. Another example is illustrated Elgood 2009, pp. 62-3.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 107
A 20 BORE OTTOMAN BALKAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER (KUBUR) PISTOL, TURKEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel chased over the breech and with traces of a brief inscription on the flat, the muzzle enclosed by a chased white metal band, engraved bevelled lock decorated with scrollwork, carved full stock, the butt encased in silver decorated with filigree, set with a niello panel, beadwork and coral in raised settings, chiselled iron trigger-guard with foliate terminal, and iron openwork side-plate, and imitation ramrod
31.5 cm; 12 3/8 in barrel
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 108
AN 18 BORE OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER (KUBUR) PISTOL, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel fluted over the median and chiselled with gilt-enriched scrolls over the breech (small losses), retained by a broad embossed silver muzzle band decorated with flowers and scrollwork and a further slender silver band, grooved tang enriched with gilt scrolls, bevelled lock with rounded tail decorated with gilt en suite with the tang, hardwood full stock carved with scrolling leafy tendrils, silver mounts comprising sideplate, trigger-guard and spurred pommel each decorated with foliage, escutcheon set with two corals and a central niello panel and simulated ramrod
32.4 cm; 12 3/4 in barrel
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 109
A SMALL OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY
with russet iron barrel formed in two stages, encrusted with engraved silver foliage at the flared muzzle and on the octagonal breech, russet tang encrusted with silver en suite, flat bevelled lock fitted with cock each encrusted with stylised trophies-of-arms in encrusted silver, full stock profusely inlaid with silver flower-heads within a framework of trellis (small losses and replacements), the grip carved with a stag's head in the round enriched with silver wire scrolls, circles and pellets, silver mounts comprising side-plate and trigger-guard cast and chased with rudimentary trophies-of-arms, plain butt-plate inscribed 'From Elirs Issy (Syria) To Capt. A. Hume (England)', iron side-loop, and false ramrod
21.8 cm; 8 5/8 in barrel

Literature
Oliver Pinchot, Arms of the Paladins, The Richard R. Wagner Jr. Collection of Fine Eastern Weapons, 2014, p.98, fig.5-28

Lt. Col. John Angus Hume O.B.E. (1914-2005) was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry in 1941 and went to Syria the following year as a representative of the Army deployed to discourage any German advance through the Caucasus to the Middle East. Hume, an acting Captain, was based at Hannah in northern Syria working with the cereals procurement agency under the head of the British Mission to Syria and the Lebanon, Major-General Sir Edward Spears. Hume negotiated grain contracts in an area comprising 500 villages with local customs dating from the Ottoman era for the collection, storage and disposal of produce. Only by gradually winning the confidence of local mukhtars, and convincing them that they were receiving fair payment, was he able to ensure the quotas required to provide for the armies in the Middle East, as well as for the local population.


Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 110
A PAIR OF OTTOMAN PERCUSSION RIFLED PISTOLS OF PRESENTATION TYPE, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY
in the French taste, with etched twist barrels formed in two stages, with gold sunbursts in place of the fore-sights and gold scrollwork over the breeches, the tangs enriched with gold en suite with the breeches, flush-fitting locks with gold borders, carved half-stocks enriched with silver wire and pellets, the fore-ends carved as monstrous heads decorated with a woven pattern behind, carved with foliage opposite the locks, tangs surrounded by a pattern of scrolling leafy tendrils, fluted butts inlaid with matching foliage, silver wire wrigglework, and minute petals, etched iron mounts comprising vestigial side-plates, trigger-guards with foliate terminals and butt-caps with swivelling caps, the latter two enriched with gold border ornament, and no provision for ramrods
26.5 cm; 10 5/8 in barrels
(2)
Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 111
A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED SWORD (SHASQA), 19TH CENTURY WITH EARLIER BLADE DATED 1767-8
with curved blade double-edged towards the point (chipped on the back-edge) cut with three slender fullers along the greater part of its length on one face and with a short fuller extending along the forte of the other and with a gold cartouche signed 'Asad Allah Isfahani' with the date, nielloed silver hilt of characteristic form, decorated with scrolls of foliage within beadwork frames, eared pommel, in its leather-covered wooden scabbard with four silver mounts, the outer faces decorated en suite with the hilt, the inner faces with foliate designs in niello, the second and third mounts with loops, complete with silver-mounted buff leather suspension, the mounts decorated en suite
77.0 cm; 30 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £2000 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 112
A CAUCASIAN DAGGER (KINDJAL), 19TH CENTURY
with broad double-edged fullered blade, horn grip retained by three pairs of rivets with decorated silver bosses on the outer face, fitted with a nielloed and chiselled silver collar at the base, in its leather-covered wooden scabbard with nielloed silver mounts en suite with the hilt, the locket dated '1901' and with a Cyrillic inscription and the chape decorated with a niello spray of foliage
34.0 cm; 13 3/8 in blade
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 113
A JAPANESE SHORTSWORD (WAKIZASHI)
with curved single-edged blade formed with two fullers on each face, plain tang pierced with two mekugi-ana, iron tsuba decorated with a fan and foliage in soft metal, fabric-bound sharkskin-covered grip, foliate menuki, in its lacquered saya with signed kozuka
35.0 cm; 13 ¾ in blade

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 114
AN INDIAN MAIL SHIRT, 17TH CENTURY
formed of rows of riveted iron rings alternating with rows of solid rings, extending over the thighs, open at the front, a pair of full length sleeves, fitted at the front with four large iron plates signed on the inside, with hasps for closure, two pairs of side panels and a series of rectangular plates over the back, with gold-patterned red fabric lining
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 115
A JAPANESE SWORD (KATANA) AND AN AFGHAN KHYBER KNIFE, 19TH CENTURY
the first with slightly curved single-edged blade (rusted) and plain tang pierced with a single mekugi-ana, in a lacquered saya; the second with reinforced tapering blade and brass-mounted horn grip (worn), in its scabbard
the first: 76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in blade
(2)

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 116
A RUSSIAN OTHER RANK'S 1881 MODEL SABRE (SHASQA), DATED 1904
with curved blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a single fuller along the greater part of its length, engraved with Cyrillic letters (illegible) and the year '1904' at the forte on one face, and the letter 'A' crowned with troop designation 'A5' at the forte on the other face, brass-gilt hilt with spirally carved wooden grip and eared pommel pierced with a loop for suspension, in its brass-mounted black leather scabbard
86.5 cm; 34 1/8 in blade
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 117
TWO INDIAN SWORDS (TALWAR), LATE 18TH CENTURY
the first with curved watered blade double-edged towards the point, formed with a long fuller and a series of grooves and rondels, iron hilt including long slender langets, lobed quillons, and large chiselled disc pommel, the second similar, with recurved knuckle-guard and a pierced loop for suspension, with two scabbards
the first: 82.5 cm; 32 ½ in blade
(4)
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 118
~A SILVER-MOUNTED HUNTING SWORD, CIRCA 1760-80
with curved fullered blade double-edged towards the point and with traces of blueing at the forte, pierced and chiselled silver hilt comprising quillon-block cast with a trophy of arms, a pair of vertically recurved quillons with hound's head terminals, matching pommel, knuckle-chain, and carved ivory grip enriched with silver studs, in its vellum-covered wooden scabbard with silver mounts, the locket engraved on one face with a depiction of Pegasus and the inscription 'Gloria in Fide'
65.5 cm; 25 ¾ in blade


Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 119
A SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD RETAILED BY CLARKE, WILLIAM KINMAN, LONDON, CIRCA 1765-66
with colichemarde blade etched with scrolls at the forte, silver hilt cast, pierced and chased in low relief, comprising double shell-guard decorated with flowers and scrolling tendrils all enriched with faceted designs, quillon, knuckle-guard and ovoid pommel decorated en suite, and the grip with its original binding of plaited silver wire and ribband (slightly loose), in its vellum-covered wooden scabbard with silver mounts decorated en suite with the hilt, the locket engraved on one face with 'Clarke, No. 102, Cheapside'
79.0 cm; 31 1/8 in blade

William Kinman (1728-circa 1807), a prolific and talented maker of silver sword hilts, was in business as a hilt-maker from 1759 until the early 1780s and then subsequently as a founder, working from premises on the western fringes of the City of London. Richard Clarke's firm (circa 1741-1812) occupied premises at 102 Cheapside in the City of London from 1765 until 1785.
Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 120
A BRITISH OTHER RANK'S HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD, CIRCA 1740-70
with broad blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a narrow fuller over two thirds of its length, stamped with an unidentified mark on each face, brass basket-hilt of rounded bars involving S-shaped bars, bun-shaped pommel, leather lining and fishskin-covered grip
88.0 cm; 34 5/8 in blade

This sword is one of many styles of Heavy Cavalry sword carried by other ranks and NCOs in regiments of Horse Guards, Horse Grenadier Guards, Horse, Dragoon Guards and Dragoons from the early 18th century until the regularisation of swords for such regiments in 1788. Swords were purchased by the regimental colonels and their form often changed when a regiment's colonel changed or when the regiment's swords were renewed. There was no uniformity of swords throughout the Heavy Cavalry of the British Army at this time and different regiments carried different styles of hilt at various periods. A sword with this style of hilt is known to have been carried by Private Thomas Brown of Bland's (3rd) Dragoons at the Battle of Dettingen, 1743.

Estimate:  £1400 - 1600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 121
A BRITISH OTHER RANK'S HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD, CIRCA 1740-70
with broad blade double-edged towards the point, cut with two fullers over the greater part of its length, iron basket-hilt comprising eight openwork leaf-shaped panels, bun-shaped pommel and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip
97.3 cm; 38 3/8 in blade

Swords with hilts of this type have been associated with the 2nd Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards and the 1st and 2nd Dragoons in the period circa 1740-52 and were probably carried by other regiments as well, before and after that period.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 122
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:  £2000 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 123
A BRITISH OTHER RANK'S HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD, CIRCA 1740-70
with broad blade double-edged towards the point, stamped 'Andria' and 'Ferara' between a series of decorative crosses within three fullers at the forte and with a copper-lined cross and orb mark on each face (small losses), iron basket-hilt of flattened bars including narrow panels and near square saltire panels, bun-shaped pommel, retaining early blackened finish, and fishskin-covered wooden grip bound with plaited wire between 'Turk's heads'
82.0 cm; 32 ¼ in blade

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 124
A HIGHLAND BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD, SECOND HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY
with straight blade double-edged for its upper half, cut with two fullers on each face, iron basket-guard of rounded bars carrying four oval hooped frameworks each filled with three moulded crosses and foliate terminals arranged vertically, bun-shaped pommel, and spirally carved wire-bound fishskin-covered grip
79.0 cm; 31 1/8 in blade

The form of hilt on this sword is known to sword-scholars today as the 'Pinch of Snuff' type, after a depiction of a hilt of this form in a portrait of an officer of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot circa 1760; it was, however, very popular with officers of other Highland Scottish regiments in the third quarter of the 18th century.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 125
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:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 126
A BRITISH HEAVY CAVALRY OFFICER'S FIELD SWORD, CIRCA 1750-70
with tapering blade double-edged towards the point, cut with two fullers along the greater part of its length, with traces of etched decoration (probably Gill, Warranted) at the forte, iron hilt formed of a half-basket-guard pierced with curved slots and a scallop design, knuckle-guard, quillon and inner-guard en suite, ovoid pommel chiselled with a scallop shell on each face, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip
90.4 cm; 35 5/8 in blade

This sword would probably have been carried by a British cavalry officer on campaign, for service in the field as a fighting sword; its comparatively light weight and the delicate form of its hilt suggest that its original owner would have been an officer of Dragoon Guards or Dragoons, rather than one of Horse.


Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 127
A COMPOSITE HIGHLAND BROADSWORD OF MILITARY TYPE, CIRCA 1780-98
with tapering blade (bent, the tip slightly shortened) stamped on each face 'Andria Farrara' between a series of crosses within a long slender fuller (worn), iron hilt including basket-guard formed of numerous vertical panels pierced with an alternating arrangement of slipped circles and circles within incised borders (small cracks and repairs, slightly loose), scrolling quillon, and bun-shaped pommel, and spirally carved wooden grip
80.5 cm; 30 ¾ in blade


Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 128
A FINE AND RARE BRITISH HEAVY CAVALRY OFFICER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1750-70
with tapering blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a central fuller along the greater part of its length and another along the back-edge, iron basket-hilt of rounded bars including two horizontal bands, the upper formed as a colonnade and the lower bordered by a scalloped design, a large oval at the rear, heart-shaped vestigial quillon, bun-shaped pommel, retaining much black painted and gilt 'Japanned' finish (small losses), spirally-carved fishskin-covered grip bound with plaited wire between 'Turk's Heads', and retaining an early scarlet cloth and doeskin liner
79.0 cm; 31 12/8 in blade

This sword would have been carried by a British cavalry officer on campaign, for service in the field as a fighting sword; the light weight and length of its blade suggests that its original owner would have been an officer of Dragoon Guards or Dragoons, rather than one of Horse - whose 'field' swords tended to be more massive and with longer blades. At the time when this sword would have been made, British military swords were unregulated and their design left to the whim of the colonels of individual regiments. This is an example of the application of that practice to an officer's sword. The remains of the original japanning (a form of black protective lacquering) and gilded decoration on this hilt suggest that it must have been commissioned by a very stylish officer. Swords with this form of basket hilt are known, from portraits, to have been popular with officers of Heavy Cavalry regiments in the third quarter of the 18th century.

A sword with an undecorated hilt of this form is illustrated Southwick 1982, p. 146 no. 396.
Estimate:  £2000 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 129
A BRITISH OTHER RANK'S LIGHT CAVALRY SWORD, 15TH (THE KING'S) LIGHT DRAGOONS, CIRCA 1775-88
with single-edged blade formed with a clipped-back point, engraved 'King's Light Dragoons' on each face and 'Cullum' at the forte, iron stirrup hilt including a pair of short slender langets, the knuckle-guard engraved with troop designation 'E5', quillon, rounded back-strap and cap pommel, and fishskin-covered grip
91.0 cm; 35 7/8 in blade
The 15th Light Dragoons was the first regiment of light dragoons to be formed in the British Army, being raised in 1759 by Colonel George Augustus Elliott, later Lord Heathfield KB (1717-90). The regiment's first swords, which were similar in form for both officers and men, had blades such as that in this example but more rudimentary hilts, with just a cross-guard and a globular pommel - the pommels of the officers' swords being cast and chased as lions' heads. These first swords seem to have been carried from circa 1759 until the mid-1770s. Cullum was at 12 Charing Cross and later, from 1788, at 9 Charing Cross (the firm existing from 1741 until 1795). A similar sword, with troop designation 'E4', is preserved in the National Army Museum, London (acc. No. 1970-05-16-1)
Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 130
A 1788 PATTERN HEAVY CAVALRY OFFICER'S SWORD
with regulation fullered blade double-edged towards the point, etched with the crowned Royal cypher, regulation iron basket-hilt (small crack) with ovoid pommel, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its iron-mounted tooled black leather scabbard
89.0 cm; 35 in blade

This is an example of the first 'pattern' sword for officers of British Heavy Cavalry regiments (Dragoon Guards and Dragoons). This pattern of sword was introduced in 1788 and in service until it was superseded in 1796; the style of its hilt was based upon that in use by the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons in 1788. Prior to the standardisation of swords for British Heavy and Light Cavalry regiments in 1788, regiments had carried their own 'regimental-patterns' of sword.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 131
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:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 132
~A BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S SABRE BY WILDING & CHILDE, 186 STRAND, LONDON, CIRCA 1810-15
with curved blade double-edged towards the point, with a shallow three-quarter length fuller on each face, etched and gilt on a blued panel over the first half of the blade with trophies and foliage, gilt-brass stirrup hilt comprising a pair of foliate langets, quillon, lionhead pommel, and chequered ivory grip (age cracks, small chips), in its brass-mounted leather scabbard, the locket engraved 'Wilding & Childe, 186 Strand, London'
75.0 cm; 29 ½ in blade

The firm of Wilding & Childe, sword cutlers and lacemen (sellers of gold and silver lace), was a partnership between Samuel Wilding (d.1826) and John Childe that operated at 186 Strand, London, from 1810 until 1826; after Wilding's death, Childe operated alone until 1830.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 133
~A BRITISH 1803 PATTERN LIGHT INFANTRY OFFICER'S SABRE BY OSBORN 82 PALL MALL, CIRCA 1803-15
with curved blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a shallow fuller over most of its length, etched and gilt on a blued panel with trophies, 'GR' crowned, and engraved 'Osborns warranted', gilt-brass hilt with chequered ivory grip (cracked), in its gilt-brass mounted black leather scabbard
76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in blade

The blade-maker Henry Osborn (1756-1827) also made guns and operated, by himself and with partners, from premises in Birmingham and London from about 1785 until his death. His London premises were at 82 Pall Mall and he operated there alone from 1803 to about 1805 and again from 1814 until 1815.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 134
A BRITISH LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICER'S 1796 PATTERN SWORD, CIRCA 1814
with curved regulation blade etched and gilt on a blued panel over the greater part of its length with Royal cypher, trophies, elaborate scrolls of foliage, a mounted dragoon and 'William Jones' on a scroll carried by a female figure at the forte, regulation iron stirrup hilt including faceted back-strap, and wire-bound leather-covered grip, in its iron scabbard with a pair of loops for suspension
84.0 cm; 33 in blade

The owner of this sword was William Jones of the Carmarthenshire Yeomanry Cavalry. In 1798, Jones was commissioned cornet in that regiment, which had been raised by Lord Dynevor in 1794; he was promoted lieutenant in 1803 and captain in 1814. He was still serving in 1825 and may have continued to serve in the regiment until its disbandment in 1827. The Royal Arms shown are those in use from 1801 to 1816 and the light dragoon is depicted wearing a shako, which was adopted after 1811. It seems likely that Jones bought this sword in 1814, possibly to celebrate his attaining the rank of captain.
Estimate:  £1500 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 135
A BRITISH OFFICER'S MAMELUKE-HILTED SABRE, CIRCA 1801-10
with curved blade, etched and gilt over two thirds of each face with Royal Arms, trophies, and scrolls of foliage, close-plated hilt including a pair of langets, quillons formed as lions' paws, lionhead pommel, knuckle-chain, and banded horn grip, in its leather-covered wooden scabbard with close-plated mounts, and two loops for suspension
70.5 cm; 27 ½ in blade

Estimate:  £1000 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 136
~A BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S SPADROON, CIRCA 1788-96
with tapering fullered German blade engraved '[Run]kel ... Solingen' on the back-edge, double-edged towards the point, etched with 'GR' crowned and a scroll of foliage on each face (worn), gilt-brass hilt comprising quillon, double ring-guard, knuckle-guard, cushion-shaped pommel, and reeded ivory grip, in its brass-mounted leather scabbard
81.0 cm; 31 7/8 in blade

Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 137
A BRITISH 1796 PATTERN HEAVY CAVALRY OR STAFF OFFICER'S DRESS SWORD, CIRCA 1796-1800
with fullered blade double-edged towards the point and engraved 'J. Runkel Solingen' on the back-edge, etched and gilt on a blued panel over the first half of the blade with crowned 'GR' and Royal Arms, gilt-brass regulation hilt, and wire-bound grip, in its steel scabbard
82.6 cm; 32 ½ in blade

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 138
~A VICTORIAN GENERAL OFFICER'S 1831 PATTERN SWORD, CIRCA 1876-80
with curved blade formed with a hatchet point, etched with 'VR' crowned, scrolls of foliage, a crossed sword and baton on each face, signed 'Simmons, Pall Mall, London' at the forte, gilt-brass mameluke hilt comprising cross-guard cast with a crossed sword and baton, back-strap and ivory grips retained by a pair of rivets with gilt-brass foliate washers, with its sword knot, in its brass-mounted scabbard
80.0 cm; 31 ½ in blade

This sword is an example of that ordered to be worn by officers of generals' rank in 1831 and still worn, with a different form of scabbard. The design is said to have been influenced by the 1st Duke of Wellington, who is known to have owned and worn several different examples of this form.
Estimate:  £500 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 139
~A GENERAL OFFICER'S 1831 PATTERN SWORD BY THURKLE, SOHO, LONDON, CIRCA 1898-1900
with curved blade formed with a hatchet point, etched with 'VR' crowned, a crossed sword and baton, scrolls of foliage, and with the maker's details, gilt-brass mameluke hilt and ivory grips (cracked), with its sword knot, in its steel scabbard
82.5 cm; 32 ½ in blade

Edward Thurkle occupied premises at 5 Denmark Street, Soho, London from 1877 to 1900.
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 140
A BRITISH STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD BASED ON THE 1822 PATTERN BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1837-45
with pipe-backed blade, etched with 'VR' crowned on each face, motto, crest and initials of William John Gairdner at the forte, regulation gilt-brass hilt, wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its steel scabbard with loops for suspension, the locket engraved 'Captn. & Adjt. W.J. Gairdner from Coll. U. Yule 1823'
85.1 cm; 33 ½ in blade

The blade has been added to the hilt in its service life.

This sword's brass guard is specified in Dress Regulations 1822 as that to be worn by generals and Staff officers with effect from that date; generals adopted a completely different pattern of sword in 1831. Its blade is of the 'pipe-backed' form specified for the swords of Cavalry and Infantry officers in 1822 and current until 1845.

William John Gairdner (1789-1861) was commissioned ensign in the 10th Bengal Native Infantry in 1808. He was promoted lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, 10th Bengal Native Infantry, in 1814, captain, 14th Bengal Native Infantry, in 1824, major in 1835 and lieutenant-colonel in 1842. Transferring to the 16th Bengal Native Infantry in 1846, he was promoted colonel of the 63rd Bengal Native Infantry in 1852, returning to Scotland on furlough in the same year. He was promoted major general in 1854 and died at Strathtyrum House, St Andrews, Fife, in February 1861.

Gairdner was regularly on active service between 1809 and 1850, serving in the Nepal War of 1816, the Third Maratha War of 1817-18, the First Burma War of 1826, the Gwalior Campaign of 1843 and the First Sikh War of 1845-46. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1846.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 141
AN 1822 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1840-54
with pipe-backed blade etched with crowned Royal cypher, gilt-brass regulation hilt with openwork folding side-guard, wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its gilt-brass scabbard, the locket engraved 'Major General W.J. Gairdner CB 14th & 16th Bengal NI'
82.4 cm; 32 ½ in blade

Estimate:  £350 - 450 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 142
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:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 143
A BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S 1822 PATTERN LIGHT-WEIGHT SWORD, RETAILED BY I. LEVY, 2 HEMMING'S ROW, ST MARTIN'S LANE, LONDON, CIRCA 1837-45
with pipe-backed blade etched with the crowned Royal cypher, foliage (worn) and 'I. Levy, 2 Hemming's Row, St Martin's Lane, London' at the forte, gilt-brass regulation hilt with openwork folding side-guard and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its gilt-brass-mounted leather scabbard
81.5 cm; 32 1/8 in blade

The scabbard is of the type worn by officers below field rank.
Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 144
A BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S 1845 PATTERN SWORD, RETAILED BY FIRMIN & SONS LTD, 153 STRAND, CIRCA 1860-80
with fullered blade double-edged towards the point, etched with 'VR' crowned, scrolls of foliage and 'Firmin & Sons Ltd, 153 Strand, London' at the forte, gilt-brass regulation hilt with wire-bound fishskin-covered grip and sword knot, in its brass scabbard
81.4 cm; 32 in blade

Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 145
AN EAST INDIA COMPANY INFANTRY OFFICER'S 1822 PATTERN SWORD, CIRCA 1832-45
with pipe-backed blade, gilt-brass hilt including the East India Company's rampant lion and the initials 'EIC' within a wreath, folding side-guard, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its brass scabbard
81.0 cm; 31 7/8 in blade

The British East India Company maintained three separate armies in the Presidencies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay, each of which contained numerous regiments of infantry.
Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 146
THE BRITISH INFANTRY OFFICER'S 1845 PATTERN SWORD OF MAJOR WILLIAM HENRY KERR, BY WILKINSON & CO., NO 8590 FOR 1857
with regulation blade etched with 'VR' crowned and scrolls of foliage, gilt-brass regulation hilt with folding side-guard and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in its brass scabbard
82.5 cm; 32 ½ in blade

William Henry Kerr (1825-1903) was born in Brittany. He was the son of Lieutenant Robert Kerr (1794-1857), whose military career had begun in the Royal Waggon Train at the Battle of Waterloo. William Henry Kerr purchased an ensigncy in the 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot in July 1846, almost immediately exchanging to the 13th Foot. He purchased promotion to lieutenant in 1851 and to captain in 1854 but did not serve with his regiment when it deployed to the Crimea for the last year of the war with Russia of 1854-56. He was with the 13th at the Cape of Good Hope when news of the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny arrived, late in 1857, and was with the left wing of his regiment when it landed and disembarked at Calcutta in January 1858. He served for the remainder of the Mutiny with the left wing of the 13th, generally under command of Major J.W. Cox but occasionally in command himself. Hart's Army List subsequently summarised his active service in 1858 thus:

'Served in the Indian Campaign and commanded the left wing of the 13th Light Infantry in a general action at Amorah on 17th April 1858, also at Amorah on 25th April, he commanded 150 men; on 29th April he went in command of 200 of the 13th and was present at the taking of the fort of Nuggur; on 9th June he commanded 2 companies at the attack on the Rebels' position at Amorah, and was in command at Hurriah when attacked by the Rebels on 29th August.'

Kerr's service in the Indian Mutiny was rewarded by the award of the campaign medal and the brevet rank of major (20th July 1858) and recognised by a Mention in Dispatches in The London Gazette of 27th July 1858. Kerr continued to serve with the 13th Regiment of Foot until 1863, purchasing the regimental rank of major in 1860.
Estimate:  £300 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 147
A BRITISH RIFLE OFFICER'S 1827 PATTERN SWORD, RETAILED BY COOK & CROOKES, 6 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON, CIRCA 1864-68
with regulation blade etched 'Hants, RV' and 'Cook & Crookes, 6 Albemarle Street, London', iron hilt, half-chequered back-strap, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip
81.5 cm; 32 in blade

Numerous corps of Rifle Volunteers were raised throughout Britain (but not in Ireland) between 1859 and 1861 as a response to the short-term threat of invasion from the France of the Emperor Napoleon III. Regimented into county-based units in circa 1861-62, and becoming, in 1881, Volunteer battalions of regular Army line infantry regiments and then, in 1908, Territorial Force battalions: the Rifle Volunteers of circa 1859-61 were the ancestors of the Territorial Army.

Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 148
~A BRITISH OR EAST INDIA COMPANY ARMY OFFICER'S MAMELUKE-HILTED SABRE, CIRCA 1810-25
with curved blade etched in imitation of watered pattern and formed with a hatchet point, iron mameluke hilt comprising scroll-engraved cross-piece and back-strap and ivory grips (small cracks), in its iron scabbard with loops for suspension
74.6 cm; 29 1/4 in blade
Estimate:  £2000 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 149
~AN OFFICER'S FULL DRESS OR LEVÉE SWORD BY DAVIES & SON, HANOVER STREET, LONDON, CIRCA 1860-70
with curved blade formed with a hatchet point, etched with 'VR' crowned, scrolls of foliage and 'Wiltshire Yeomanry', signed 'Davies & Son, 19 Hanover Square, London' at the forte on one face, gilt-brass mameluke hilt, ivory grips, sword knot, in its brass-mounted iron scabbard
76.6 cm; 30 ¼ in blade
Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 150
A HELMET FOR THE 2ND COUNTY OF LONDON IMPERIAL YEOMANRY, CIRCA 1908-14
with white metal skull (some scratches, slightly tarnished), brass fittings, brass chin-scales, original lining and white horsehair plume
39.0 cm; 15 1/3 in high
Estimate:  £450 - 550 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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