A Presentation Cavalry Officer's Sword
Lot 229*
A Presentation Cavalry Officer's Sword
Sold for £1,000 (US$ 1,680) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Presentation Cavalry Officer's Sword
83.5cm slightly curved unfullered blade double edged towards the point, proved by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, and etched with presentation inscription within two scrolls, regulation steel honeysuckle hilt, with squared wire bound fish skin covered grip, with leather finger loop at the base, in its leather scabbard with large steel chape, and complete with sword knot of leather strap and acorn, old calling card of Lady Rawlinson attached states 'Sabre worn when in command of Methuen's Horse, Bechuana Land, 1884/5.

Footnotes

  • The inscription reads: Paul Methuen from George Chapman.

    Paul Sanford, Third Baron, Methuen was born in 1849 and entered the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1864. He served in the Ashanti Expedition and was present at the battle o f Amoaful. From 1878-1881 he was Military Attache in Berlin. In 1882 he went to Egypt, and was present at Tel-El-Kabir (M.I.D). In 1884/5 he commanded the 1st Mounted Rifles in Bechuana Land. He held the rank of Lieutenant General, when given command of the 1st Division at the start of the Boer War, and was the only British General to be captured by the enemy. He attained the rank of Field Marshal in 1911, and died in 1932. Sold with further research including details of his march to Modder River during the Boer War, and copies of photographs of Methuen.
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