A Fine Cased Ormolu-Mounted Sword Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa, Capitaine De Corvette, September 1856
Lot 149
A Fine Cased Ormolu-Mounted Sword Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa, Capitaine De Corvette, September 1856
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,808) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Fine Cased Ormolu-Mounted Sword Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa, Capitaine De Corvette, September 1856
By Victor Harold & Co., Sword Cutlers To Her Majesty, London, Dated 1856
With curved blade (minor areas of rust patination) double-edged towards the point, brightly etched against a grey ground along nearly its entire length on one side with the presentation inscription on scrolls against a ground of foliage involving a naval trophy at the forte and a dolphin towards the point, and on the other with foliage involving further naval trophies, a pair of dolphins, and the maker's details at the forte, the hilt comprising quillons each cast, pierced and chased in the round as a foliate scroll, a foliated shield between on both sides with applied dolphin entwined on an anchor, lion's head pommel, its mane forming the back-piece, and with a ring in its mouth carrying the original gilt bullion and blue cord sword-knot, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in original wooden scabbard covered in blue velvet with ormolu mounts en suite with the hilt including crossed branches of laurel, the suspension mounts each with a ring for suspension, and in fine condition retaining all its original gilding: in original fitted highly figured rosewood case lined in burgundy velvet with its original belt and suspension straps of blue leather embroidered with scrolls in silver-gilt threads, the ormolu mounts en suite with the hilt, the buckle with applied crown framed by a wreath of laurel, the exterior of the lid (some bruising) with flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular brass escutcheon
76.2 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • The presentation inscription reads: 'Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa Capitaine De Corvette In The Service Of His Majesty The Emperor Of Austria In Grateful Acknowledgement Of Prompt & Efficient Services Rendered To The British Brig "Heatherbell" September 1856'

    Linienschiffs-Capitaen Rudolf Dufwa was commander of the maritime district of Triest in 1867 and was involved in experiments with torpedoes as a member of a naval commission in Fiume. He was made a Knight of the Order of Emperor Leopold
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