Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1785-1790

Object Number

IX.1231

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

A.V.B. Norman and C.M. Barne, The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, London etc., 1980, p. 194, Pl. 150 ('probably about 1785 or a little later').

B. Robson, Swords of the British Army..., revised [2nd] edn, London, 1996, p. 198, n. 12 (and p. 174).

Notes

The 11th Regiment of Foot was redesignated as the 64th Regiment of Foot in 1758. In 1782 it was redesignated as the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot and in 1881 it became the 1st Battalion, the Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) and 1921 the North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's) (J M B Frederick, 'Lineage Book', 2nd edn, Wakefield, 1984, I, p. 311).
According to Norman 1980 (see above) Zoffany's portrait of Lt Col. Norman 23rd Chief McLeod, of the 42nd Royal Highlanders, at Dunvegan Castle, shows a similar sword, 'especially the black grip with the longitudinal inlaid brass strip' (note by AVBN in the Typed Inventory). '[The portrait] was presumably painted before his batallion received their new uniforms in 1786 or 1787, on becoming the 73rd Regiment' (Norman 1980: 194). Norman mentions other similar swords. Robson (1996) mentions the same portrait but says it was painted between 1783 and 1789.