An Extremely Rare Cavalry Backsword For A Trooper Of The Fitzjames Regiment Of Irish Horse In The Service Of France

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Lot 142*
An Extremely Rare Cavalry Backsword For A Trooper Of The Fitzjames Regiment Of Irish Horse In The Service Of France
Mid-18th Century

Sold for £ 5,040 (US$ 6,337) inc. premium
An Extremely Rare Cavalry Backsword For A Trooper Of The Fitzjames Regiment Of Irish Horse In The Service Of France
Mid-18th Century
With fullered single-edged blade (areas of pitting) double-edged towards the point, the forte etched 'Fitziames Cavallerie' along one side and with a crowned martial trophy centred on three fleur-de-lys on the other, representing France, regulation brass hilt with D-shaped knuckle-guard and rear quillon with scrolled terminal, pointed langets (one incomplete), scallop-shaped side-guard linked to the knuckle-guard by two scrolled bars above, inner thumb-ring en suite, pommel and faceted back-piece in one, the former with button finial, and wooden grip bound with twisted brass wire
90.5 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Dr. James Barnard, Beamsville, Ontario

    Literature:
    'A Sword Of Fitzjames's Regiment', The Irish Sword, The Journal Of The Military History Society Of Ireland, vol. III, no. 13, Winter 1958, p. 245, pl. 5 (a facsimile is offered with the lot)

    The Fitzjames regiment of Irish Horse was formed in France in 1698. It fought at Fontenoy and in the following year was sent to Scotland to serve with the army of Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender. Three troops landed at Aberdeen in February 1746 to an enthusiastic welcome. The squadron fought at Culloden, Captain Shee's troop providing the escort for Prince Charles. Following the battle, and having escorted the Prince from the field, Shee's troop was dismissed with orders to surrender to the Duke of Cumberland. Following the defeat of the French at the Battle of Wilhelmsthal the regiment was disbanded on 21 December 1762. For a full account of the regiment see Russell V. Steele, 'Fitzjames's Regiment Of Horse Of The Irish Brigade In The French Service', The Irish Sword, The Journal Of The Military History Society Of Ireland, vol. II, no. 7, Winter 1955, pp. 188-194 (a facsimile is offered with the lot)
An Extremely Rare Cavalry Backsword For A Trooper Of The Fitzjames Regiment Of Irish Horse In The Service Of France
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