London, South Kensington
19 July 2001
A British Naval Officer's Light Dress Sword
With slender single-edged fullered blade becoming double-edged at the point, lightly etched at the forte with foliage and trophies of arms, and ornamental copper-alloy stirrup hilt with lion's head pommel and black fishskin-covered grip, cast and chased in relief with foliage, crowned fouled anchors, and the Prince of Wales's feathers, in black leather scabbard with gilt-copper mounts (gilding worn) chased with strapwork framing oval 'cameos' bearing respectively a bust of King George IV, and allegorical figures, the locket signed 'Dudley, Grand Parade, Portsmouth'
27in. (68.6cm.) blade
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The Prince of Wales's feathers and the bust of George IV indicate a date prior to his succession to the throne in 1820. The firm of Dudley is recorded in Portsmouth from 1790 to 1941
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