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BladeLength785 mm
OverallLength945 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Blade marked IEF/RIS (Jefferys)


Places Scotland

Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester, 'An unusual sword in the Royal Armouries', Arms and Armour, I, no. 1 (2004), pp. 43-67, at pp. 52, 63-4.


The fullest account of the makers Nathaniel Jefferys (I & II) is that by L Southwick, 'London silver-hilted swords, their makers, suppliers and allied traders, with directory', Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2001[A], pp. 147-150. According to Southwick, in 1739 Nathaniel (I) (1710-1786) succeeded Daniel Gurney at [32] Strand [York Buildings] on the corner of Villiers Street and Strand and in the same year married his predecessor's daughter, Ann Gurney. Ann died in 1754 and in the same year he married Elizabeth and the children inculded Nathaniel (II). Natrhaniel (I) was appojnted Cutler in Ordinary to George III on 15 December 1760. From the summer of 1771 Nathaniel was in partnership with Dru Drury (II) at the Strand address and Drury had succeeded him there by the summer of 1772.
Information on Nathaniel Jefferys (I) will also be found in the following and this all needs checking and reconciling for a summary here:
A D Darling, Swords of the Highland Regiments 1757-1784, Andrew Mowbray, Lincoln, Rhode Island, 1988, p. 13 ff.
W E May and P G W Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service,', London, HMSO, 1970 (almost certainly superseded by Southwick).
The computer entry and inv. file for IX.2130.
Deliveries of broad swords to the Board of Ordnance from Nathaniel Jefferys are recorded in 1759 (WO 47/54) (see inv. file - inv. file found missing May 2003, PJL). This is probably the same delivery to the Board, in October 1759, cited by A D Darling, 'Swords for the Highland Regiments 1757-1784', 1988, p. 13), for which he gives no reference. The order comprised '3,500 'broad swords with iron basket hilts and paste-board scabbards' at five shillings each'.
Lankester 2004a - see above.
The XLII on the pommel may be for 42nd Foot who served in America between 1775 and 1781.
An X-ray by Dr David Starley in October 2003 (Job Code: AM 1842) showed no marks on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file).