A 'PATTERN 1796' LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICER’S SWORD WITH HANDWRITTEN PRESENTATION NOTE
A 'PATTERN 1796' LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICER’S SWORD WITH HANDWRITTEN PRESENTATION NOTE
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more WELLINGTON, THE NAPOLEONIC WARS AND WATERLOO, a commemoration in the 200th anniversary year of the battle of Waterloo (Lots 1-50)
A 'PATTERN 1796' LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICER’S SWORD WITH HANDWRITTEN PRESENTATION NOTE

BY OSBORN & GUNBY, SWORD CUTLERS TO HIS MAJESTY, CIRCA 1810

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A 'PATTERN 1796' LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICER’S SWORD WITH HANDWRITTEN PRESENTATION NOTE
BY OSBORN & GUNBY, SWORD CUTLERS TO HIS MAJESTY, CIRCA 1810
With 28in. (71cm.) signed blade with etched and gilt details, brass stirrup hilt retaining traces of original gilding, ivory grip, bullion sword-knot, and unusual brass scabbard, originally gilt; together with a framed handwritten presentation note
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

Lot Essay

Handwritten note:

"This Sword was on the memorable 18 June 1815 drawn in defence of the liberties of Old England on the Plains of Waterloo and wielded by a powerful arm carried destruction into the ranks of the inveterate foe.

It was presented to Mr Thomas Cooper as a mark of high respect and esteem by his affectionate friend and cousin. Herbert Turner”.

The only Turner listed in the light cavalry at Waterloo is Lt. William Turner of the 13th Light Dragoons. It has been suggested, given the third party nature of the handwritten note, that the signatory Herbert Turner was a relation of William. William Turner wrote a detailed account of the 13th Light Dragoons involvement at Waterloo which was reproduced by C.R.B. Barrett, History of the XIII Hussars, William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1911, pp. 276-8.
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