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.
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