Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased at Sotheby's, Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria, Olympia, London, 10 July 2002, Lot 76.

Physical Description

The French inscription, engraved on the inside of the knuckle-guard reads 'La. Colonie. dela. Martinique. au Captaine Robert. Waller. Otway. 1795'.

The blade is etched with the British Royal coat of arms (1714-1801), the figure of St George (St. Michael?) and the motto 'POR IL REY'. It retains traces of blued and gilt finish.


Dimensions: Overall length: 895 mm (35 1/4 in), blade length: 765 mm (30 1/8 in), scabbard length: 767 mm (30 3/16 in) Weight: 570 g (1 1/4 lb)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Makers marks, of a crown over 'A.R' over a small rosette, (struck twice on inside of the knuckle-guard) of Monsieur Ruffy of St. Pierre, Martinique.


Bibliographic References

R C Woosnam-Savage, 'An accidental hero', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 7, 2002, pp. 98-101, figs 1-3. TO BE EXTRACTED.


To date this sword is the only recorded example of work in multi-coloured gold from any Colonial source. See F Pridmore, 'Coins of the British Commonwealth, Part 3, West Indies', Spink, London, 1952. pp. 245 and 352.