A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword Of £50 Value To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé
Lot 591* Y
A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword Of £50 Value To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé
Dated 4 May 1806
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 47,433) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword Of £50 Value To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword Of £50 Value To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé
A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword Of £50 Value To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé
Dated 4 May 1806
With curved single-edged hollow-ground blade (minor surface rust) richly etched and gilt against a blued ground with flowers, foliage including roses, acorns and shamrocks, a naval trophy, figures of Britannia and of Hope, the latter with two cherub's holding garlands above, the crowned arms and cypher of George III, and the presentation inscription, stirrup hilt of ormolu, the quillons formed as fasces, the knuckle-guard as a Hercules club entwined by a snake and retaining its original gilt bullion and blue silk sword-knot (some damage), the langets cast with acanthus foliage and applied naval trophies, and the back-piece of the chequered ivory grip (minor chips) cast as the skin of the Nemean Lion, in its original fishskin-covered border engraved scabbard mounted in ormolu, the mounts with applied naval trophies and fouled anchors, the former framing respectively figures of Hercules with the Hydra and with the Nemean Lion, and a nude man wrestling a tiger on an anchored leash, two suspension rings, the locket engraved 'R. Teed. Dress Sword Maker to the Patriotic Fund, Lancaster Court, Strand', and retaining nearly all its original blued and gilt finish
78 cm. blade


  • Provenance:
    Christie's, London, Fine Firearms, Arms and Armour and Pewter, 1 April 1969, lot 31, the property of Mrs. Owens-Thurston

    Commander W.E. May, R.N. and P.G. Annis, Swords for Sea Service, 1970, p. 71
    Leslie Southwick, The Price Guide to Antique Edged Weapons, 1982, p. 113, no. 297

    The presentation inscription reads: 'From The Patriotic Fund At Lloyds To Lieut. Sir Willm. Geo. Parker Bart. Of H.M.S. Renommeé, For His Gallant Conduct In Boarding & Carrying In The Boats Belonging To That Ship From Under The Guns Of The Town & Tower Of Viega His Catholic Majesty's Schooner Giganta Of 9 Guns & 38 Men On The 4th May 1806, As Recorded In The London Gazte. Of The 8th July'

    Sir William George Parker Bart. was born on 19 August 1787. He was the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Sir William Parker and entered the Navy in October 1794. Serving with his father on the Prince George he was present at the action off Cape St. Vincent in 1797. After various postings he was appointed to the frigate La Renomeé (36 guns) in 1805

    Late on 3 May 1806, boats from the Renommeé and Nautilus, under the command of Lieutenant Parker, were dispatched to cut out from the port of Vieja the Spanish schooner Giganta. The Spanish ship was armed with two 24-pounders, three 4-pounders, carriage-guns and four 2-pounder swivel guns. Suspecting an attack she was chain-moored within half a pistol shot from shore, had her boarding nettings up and was defended by more than one hundred musketeers stationed on the beach. In spite of this formidible defence the ship was brought out with British casualties of just one killed and six men wounded. It was for this action that he was awarded this sword by the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds

    After being involved in various other cutting-out actions, Parker acquired Post-rank in 1814, went on to half pay in 1839, accepted retirement in 1846, and died in 1848

    For another example awarded to Lieutenant C. Adams for the same action and sold in our Bond Street Rooms see Nelson & The Royal Navy, 5 July 2005, lot 202 (£52,800 including premium)
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