An Ormolu-Mounted Officer's Sword Presented To Major John Hutchison By The Peterhead Corps Of Volunteer Infantry In 1804
Lot 467
An Ormolu-Mounted Officer's Sword Presented To Major John Hutchison By The Peterhead Corps Of Volunteer Infantry In 1804
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 7,841) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Ormolu-Mounted Officer's Sword Presented To Major John Hutchison By The Peterhead Corps Of Volunteer Infantry In 1804
Dated 1804
With curved fullered blade (minor areas of rust patination) double-edged towards the point, brightly etched along one side to the point with designs of foliage involving a cavalryman on horseback, an elaborate trophy of arms and the figure of Britannia, and along the other with further designs of foliage and the presentation inscription, the forte etched and gilt against a blued ground with foliage and crowned 'GR' cypher on one side, and post-1801 royal arms and mottoes on the other, the back of the blade etched with bladesmith's details 'J.J. Runkel, Solingen' against a gilt ground, hilt of 1796 pattern with border engraved boat-shell guard, quillon-block engraved with a martial trophy on each side, quillons of tapering circular section, knuckle-guard engraved with crossed palm and laurel, and with bullion and red cloth sword-knot, globular pommel with a shield suspended from a ribbon on each side and with compressed button, and swelling grip bound with twisted silver wire, in original black leather scabbard with ormolu locket, chape and suspension mounts (gilding worn) each pierced with border engraved crescents, the locket with foliate frog-button, two fixed rings for suspension, and some original gilding
81.5 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • The presentation inscription reads: 'To Major John Hutchison From the Noncommissioned Officers and Privats of the Peterhead Corps of Volunteer Infantry as a Mark of their Esteem. 1804'

    John Hutchison (1760-1843) was a Captain in the Peterhead Volunteers from 1795 to 1801. Upon the renewal of hostilities in 1803 he was appointed Major-Commandant of the revived Corps, now two hundred and forty strong. He was still as such in 1807, but on the formation of the Aberdeenshire Local Militia in 1809, he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Regiment, a rank he held until 1811
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