A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry
Lot 111
A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry
By Prosser, Sword Cutler Etc. To The King & H.R.H. The Duke Of York, Charing Cross, London Silver Hallmarks, Maker's Mark Of John Prosser
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Auction Details
A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry
Lot Details
A Fine And Rare Silver-Gilt And Enamel Mounted Small-Sword Presented To Colonel John Campbell, 4th Earl Of Breadalbane By The 2nd Battalion, 4th Fencible Infantry
By Prosser, Sword Cutler Etc. To The King & H.R.H. The Duke Of York, Charing Cross, London Silver Hallmarks, Maker's Mark Of John Prosser
With sharply tapering blade of hollow triangular section (seized in the scabbard) etched and gilt at the forte, cast and chased hilt comprising shell-guard with border engraved fluted star-shaped panel centred on a design of pierced scales, all within foliate borders and engraved with the presentation inscription beneath, quillon-block, arms, downcurved rear quillon and knuckle-guard all formed as laurel, flattened ovoidal pommel with a lion-mask within a laurel wreath on both sides and with foliate button, and grip of swelling ovoidal section en suite with the guard, one side polychrome enamelled with the recipient's coat of arms and motto against a deep blue enamel ground (minor chip), and on the other with the recipient's initial 'B' also against a deep blue enamel ground (minor chip), an earl's coronet above, each within an octagonal foliate frame, in original snakeskin-covered scabbard (some splits and minor damage, chape missing) with border engraved locket and suspension mount each cast and chased with foliage and with a reeded ring for suspension, the locket engraved with maker's details within a laurel wreath on one side, and retaining virtually all its original gilding
76.2 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    By descent to the vendor

    The presentation inscription reads: '1799 Presented by the Non Commissioned Officers & Private Soldiers of the 2d Batt 4th Fen.le Infy to their Col. the Earl of Breadal-bane As A Testimony of their Esteem for his Person & Respect for his Noble liberal & Soldierlike Conduct while serving with them in Ireland'

    John Campbell, 1st Marquis of Breadalbane (1762-1834) was educated at Winchester and succeeded to the earldom of Breadalbane and Holland in 1782. In 1784 he was elected as one of the sixteen Scottish representative Peers to sit in the House of Lords and was also appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in the same year. He raised the Regiment of Fencibles and served as Lieutenant-Colonel in Ireland becoming Colonel in 1802, Major-General in 1809 and Lieutenant-General in 1814. In 1806 he was created Baron Breadalbane of Taymouth Castle, Perth which entitled him to a seat in the House of Lords. He was made Earl of Ormelie and Marquess of Breadalbane in 1831 and died at Taymouth Castle three years later

    John Prosser (about 1796-1837) was appointed Sword Cutler and Belt Maker to King George III in 1795 and to George IV in 1827. For more information see Leslie Southwick, London Silver-hilted Swords ..., 2001, pp. 199-200
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