Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



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Purchased at auction from Wallis & Wallis, 29 April 1998. Sold from the Geoffrey R. Worral Collection.

Physical Description

Sword with copper alloy gilt hilt of British Naval Officer's pattern 1827 with folding guard. In place of the crowned foul anchor in the cartouche on the guard is a foul anchor surmounted by the crest of the East India Company: a lion rampant guardant holding a crown. The red felt buff piece survives (no sword knot).

Single-edged, pipe-backed blade (of the pre-1846 British pattern) with a false edge for the last 325 mm, the blade widening slightly and the spine moving towards the centre for this last section. The blade is etched with with same device of a foul anchor and the EIC crest as appears on the hilt, with foliage scrolls and a cusped ogee arch beyond. In panels at the base of the blade is etched, on the inside: SALTER/Sword Cutler/No 73./Strand/London and, on the outside: SALTER/Sword Cutler/to the/Duke of/Sussex/London.

Black leather scabbard of the standard British pattern with gilt copper alloy chape and locket, the latter with a frog stud. On the inside of the locket, on an applied panel with scrolled ends, cast in relief: SALTER/SWORD CUTLER &c/TO HRH THE/DUKE OF SUSSEX/CORNER OF

Condition on acquisition: generally good; gilding only a little worn; some minor wear to scabbard leather, especially on edges, and taped repair near the locket.


Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 933 mm (36 3/4 in), blade length: 804b mm (31 5/8 in), blade width, at hilt: 27 mm (1 1/16 in), Scabbard: length: 833 mm (33 3/4 in) Weight: Sword: 765 gm (1 lb 10 1/2 oz), Scabbard: 324 gm (11 1/2 oz)


Places Britain


For the British 1827 pattern Naval officer's sword with pipe-backed blade, see W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', 2 vols (cont. pag.), London, 1970, I, pp. 38-43; the EIC device on the blade is illus. at p. 42, fig. 10.
May and Annis ('op. cit'.), II, p. 302 record the firm of John Salter at 73 Strand, London, from 1825 to 1829 and Salter and Co at the same address in 1830. From 1831 the name is given as Salter, J. Widsdown & Tate (at the same address). However, it is possible the firm continued to mark their wears simply as Salter. The Duke of Sussex (son of George III) died in 1843 ('Complete Peerage', 12.1, pp. 535-7.