Object Title

Scabbard - Colonel Burne Presentation Sword Scabbard

Scabbard - Colonel Burne Presentation Sword Scabbard


1807-1808 and later

Object Number

IX.2799 C


Presented to Colonel Robert Burne (1755?-1825). He entered the army as ensign in the 36th Regiment in 1773 and remained with that regiment until 1811. In 1783 he went to India and commanded grenadiers against Tipoo Sultan 1784-86. In 1793 he was conspicuous at the seige of Pondicherry, and returned to England in 1799. He participated in the attack on Buenos Ayres on 5 July 1807 and so impressed his fellow officers that he was presented with a sword of honour and £120 guineas. In 1808 he accompanied Sir Arthur Wellesley to Portugal, and remained there after Wellesley returned to England, serving under Sir John Moore. In 1811 Burne went back to England and in 1812 he retired because of ill-health. On 21 July he was promoted to Lieutenant General, and he died in 1825.

Physical Description

The wooden scabbard is covered with crimson velvet, stitched down the inside face with silver gilt thread. The top- and mid-lockets each have a fixed suspension loop, surmounted by an acanthus bud. The top-locket is recessed to accommodate the langets, and bordered in relief around the recess with an incised broad arrow decoration on a hatched round; the forward and rear faces are decorated en suite; the inner and outer faces are chased in relief with two sprays of scrolling foliage and flowerheads against a granular background, and bordered longitudinally with fretwork. The lower end of the locket is formed as a raised oval dome, which is chased with a flowerheaed within a fretwork border. The inner face of the locket is engraved, 'R. JOHNSTON / Sword cutler & belt maker / to HIS MAJESTY / 68 St James's Str. / LONDON', within an oval laurel wreath. The mid-locket and chape are decorated en suite, except the 'open' end of the chape has a scalloped edge.



OverallLength724 mm
OverallWeight625 g

Inscriptions and Marks

maker's, duty and stirling standard marks.
each outer face of the mid-locket and inner face of the top locket and chape



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