116. HILT OF .DRESS SWORD English, 1815
Hilt similar to No. 112, but less elaborate. It retains its original case of pasteboard covered with black leather and lined with padded silk; with it a trade-card bearing British arms and inscription as below.
21.180 L. 17.5 Wt. 284
117. PRESENTATION SWORD English, 1798
Hilt silver-gilt chiseled in low relief with floral ribbons and inset with brilliants and plaques of colored enamels. Guard oval with two enamel medallions, each in frame of leaves studded with paste brilliants; left containing monogram j..; above it ribbon and crest, four arrowheads converging in cross, cantoned by four stars against field azure (this deep blue background is used for all medallions); right, shield, stag standant at gaze proper surmounted by same ribbon and crest. Medallions and rim of guard bordered by oak leaves. On blade side laurel border and inscription: "The Committee of Merchants of London presented this sword to Lieutenant John Burn for his active and spirited conduct on board His M. S. the Beaulieu during the late mutiny at the Nore in 1797. Hugh Inglis Esq., Chairman." On ricasso enamel medallions of trophies of nautical implements and arms. Non-functional pas d'âne as anchors. Quillon droops to guard. Knuckle guard with laurel and ribbon in relief. Medallions of trophies in laurel wreaths suspended by ribbons. Grip of metal en suite with enamel medallions in borders of laurel wreaths; left, British arms; right, threemasted ships of war flying British ensign. Pommel flattened ovoid with medallion, surrounded by oak leaves, bearing nautical trophies. On left knuckle guard near ricasso hail marks: London date letter 1798; assay marks; maker's mark unidentified.
Blade three-edged; forte etched at base in panels with floral motifs, and above with floral scrolls and trophies.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood (repaired); metal fittings of silver-gilt en suite, except chape (restored); back of upper ferrule bears inscription: RUNDELL AND BRIDGE, LONDON.
26.145.315 L. 105 (86.5) Wt. 457.5
Plate LXXXV Reubell Benefaction
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118. PRESENTATION SABRE English, 1800
Hilt in style of tulwar carved in strong relief and gilded. Quillons and ricasso bronze; on latter silver medallions, enameled, enclosing, left, appliqué crown with lion crest; right, rose appliqué; these medallions against four-pointed star. Quillon tips as flowers. Grip and pommel ivory, the latter as lion's head with red jewels as eyes. In center of grip each side rosette enclosing stones, green and red.
Blade with strongly rounded back except for short distance from point. Entire blade, except panel in middle of right side, gilded and etched against black background: left, globe, trophies, figure of Justice, civic crown and British arms, winged figure spurning globe and bearing banner with British jack, Britannia; right, elephant and castle, crown, monogram GR (?).
27.35 L. 96 (80) Wt. 844.5
Note: Blade and hilt prepared in London by Edward Thurkie, sword cutler. Blade designed and decorated by Henry William Whawell (1765-1820). Made to be presented to a Governor of the East India Company. Gift of Bashford Dean in memory of Samuel J. Whawell, Grandson of Henry William Whawell, 1927
(Webmaster's Note: There is no high resolution plate for this sword. The image you see is included in the main text pages and is quite poor. I can only surmise that the sword was unavailable for photography at the time the book was being compiled.)
Blade, richly etched and gilded to tip, bears at base the cross of the military order of Christ; bladesmith's mark appears and inscription: SOLINGEN, 1767.
L.2743.14 L. 86 (73) Wt. 622
Note : This rich sword was probably worn at the court of Maria I (1777-1816); stated to have been in the possession of the royal family as late as 1890. To it is attached sword-knot of blue and green galoon; also belt and hanger embroidered with yellow and white flowers with green arabesques against red background bordered with green (see No. 130).
Plate LXXXVI Lent by Bashford Dean
120. SWORD CARRIER Spanish, XVII Century
Steel, chiseled and engraved with floral designs. It provided a mechanism for attaching the scabbard and for tilting it at various angles. To this end the scabbard was provided with a tubular holder which, when attached to a prong-shaped clip-spring, could be rotated and held fast in one of several holes in the arc-shaped carrier. At apex is a tongueless buckle through which passed the waist-belt. Between buckle and arc is a spindle-shaped ornament divided into upper and lower halves, the upper half being pivoted so that by means of a button which regulated a spring the arc could be turned, thus reversing the position of the hilt.
14.25.1242 Riggs Benefaction