Object Title

Sabre and scabbard

Sabre and scabbard

Date

1800-1830

Object Number

IX.2787

Physical Description

The blade bears the inscription 'TO PATRICK MURRAY OF SIMPRIM ESQR MAJOR 4TH BATTALION ROYAL PERTHSHIRE VOLUNTEERS,/FROM THE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE MEIGLE COMPANY OF THE SAID BATTALION IN / TESTIMONY OF THEIR REGARD FOR HIM AS A GENTLEMAN & AN OFFICER NOVEMBER 1806.'

Associations

Bibliographic References

S. Wood, 'A Patriot and his Sword', Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, XVI, No. 2, March 1999, pp. 61-70, at p. 68 - similar backpieces on the sword which is the subject of the article and on another published by Claude Blair (see Notes).

Notes

Stephen Wood (Wood 1999) says the backpiece is similar to that on a sword, with a blade marked Henry Osborn, which presented to James Dunlop of Househill, Renfrewshire in 1802 (the subject of Wood's article); and on another sword, with a hilt very similar to the Dunlop sword, which was presented to General H.L. Carmichael, and which has a blade also marked Henry Osborn and a silver hilt by James Morisset, dated 1802-3 (C. Blair, 'Three Presentation Swords in the Victoria and Albert Museum...', Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1972, pp. 17 (Pl. 10), 18 - sword then in the collection of J.B. Altmayer). Wood suggests similar backpieces will be found on other swords, probably by Osborn or Osborn and Gunby.