Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
on Wednesday 30th June 2010

Lots: 181-210 of 472

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181

a NORTH EUROPEAN two-hand sword, late 16th century, PROBABLY DUTCH
with broad double-edged blade stamped with a decorative mark, cut with three short fullers of differing length and framed with wrigglework lines on each side, the forte with flattened edges for additional grip and incorporating a pair of basal lugs, waisted ricasso stamped with a bladesmith's mark on each side, steel hilt comprising a pair of slightly down-curved flattened quillons with spatulate terminals formed with a pair of tightly scrolling finials behind and with fluted mouldings, a further pair of scrolling lugs beneath, inner and outer ring-guards each interrupted by a pair of fluted globular mouldings and filled with a further inner ring (one repaired), gadrooned bun-shaped pommel, and later leather-covered wooden grip
120cm; 47 1/4in blade

Provenance

Sotheby Parke Bernet, Zurich, 25th November 1980, lot 28

For a sword with a cross-guard of similar design formerly in the Visser collection see J. D. Puype 1996, pp. 126-129, Cat. No. 542.
Estimate: 3000-5000

Nil

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182

A RAPIER, PROBABLY GERMAN LATE 16TH CENTURY
with slender blade of flattened-hexagonal section (the tip shortened), stamped with a bladesmith's inscription including 'in Toledo' within a short fuller on each side (indistinct, areas of pitting), steel hilt of rounded bars comprising a pair of straight quillons with bud-shaped finials finely cut with a nodular pattern, knuckle-guard with recurved finial en suite with the quillon terminals, a pair of ring-guards, multi-bar outer guard with three bars joining the knuckle-guard, trifurcated inner-guard incorporating a thumb-loop, and ovoid pommel cut with a matching nodular pattern, and spirally moulded grip bound with plaited brass wire and 'Turks' heads'
101cm; 39 3/4in blade
Estimate: 4000-6000

Nil

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183

A NORTH EUROPEAN PAPPENHEIMER RAPIER, CIRCA 1630
with slender tapering blade of flattened-hexagonal section, stamped with a pious inscription within a short fuller framed by decorative marks on each face, ricasso stamped with the bladesmith's mark on each side, symmetrical steel hilt of rounded bars (pitted), including a pair of straight quillons, lower ring-guard fitted with a pierced sprung-in plate and joined to the upper ring-guard by a pair of short arms and a rectangular panel, knuckle-guard joined to the ring guards by a pair of arms, and ovoid pommel, decorated throughout with simple chiselled designs, and later grip bound with plaited wire and 'Turks' heads'
114.5cm; 45in blade
Estimate: 2500-3500

Nil

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184

A FINE FRENCH GOLD-HILTED SWORD WITH RED JASPER GRIP PRESENTED TO BARON MORGAN DE BELLOY, MAYOR OF AMIENS, BY THE TOWN IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICE DURING THE HUNDRED DAYS IN 1815, PARIS GOLD MARKS FOR 1809-15, MAKER'S MARKS 'AF' FOR ANTOINE MODESTE FOURNERA
with tapering blade of hollow-triangular section, etched and gilt on a blued panel on the lower third, decorated with a cornucopia, a crossed sword and frond, and fasces on one side and further designs of foliage including a laurel wreath on the other, signed 'Coulaux Frères' and 'Manuf. Royale de Klingenthal' on a gilt panel at the forte, gold hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising double shell-guard formed with scrolling terminals beneath the quillons, decorated on the reverse with a sun rising over a rocky seascape and on the front with delicate scrolls of foliage surmounted by the fully supported town arms and motto on a matted ground, a turned down brim front and back decorated with the presentation inscription and a panel of conventional foliage centring on a flower respectively, a pair of scrolling quillons with bifurcated terminals each chased with a classical profile on the front and an expanded flower head on the reverse, quillon-block chased with a band of foliage, knuckle-guard decorated en suite and interrupted by a further classical profile, and the pommel formed as a plumed helmet with barred visor, red jasper grip (small chips and one small crack), retained on each side by a gold panel, the front applied with a delicate gold scrollwork panel incorporating a central rondel filled with the letter 'M' and with an anthemion moulding top and bottom, the reverse with a gold oval and a Caduceus as an attribute of Peace personified, in a later leather scabbard with gold locket, middle bands and chape
83.8cm; 33in blade

The presentation inscription reads:

'A Mr. A. J. B. M. J. R./MORGAN. MAIRE. LA VILLE D'AMIENS. RECONNOISSANTE'

Adrien Marie Jean-Baptiste Morgan de Belloy (1766-1834) was Mayor of Amiens from 1808 to 1815 and subsequently a Member of Parliament from 1815 to 1824. He was created Baron by Napoléon I in 1811. Four years later, during the one hundred days of Napoléon's exile on Elba, there was considerable unrest throughout much of France and the mayor managed to maintain a proper harmony between the citizens of Amiens and the troops residing there. For this success, the City Council honoured him with the present of an "épée d'honneur", which was decided on 11th July 1815. His title of nobility was confirmed by Louis XVIII in 1816. See A. De Galonne 1906, p. 95.

Estimate: 30000-40000

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25000

185

A SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED AND GILT HILT, CIRCA 1760, PROBABLY FRENCH
with hollow-triangular blade etched and gilt with scrolls and trophies on a blued panel over the lower portion, inscribed 'Me Fecit Solingen' on a gilt panel at the forte, steel hilt chiselled with rococo ornament in low relief on a gilt matted ground, comprising double shell-guard decorated with trophies-of-arms within foliate ovals surrounded by garlands and scrolls, globular quillon decorated with scrolls, a pair of matching pas d'âne, quillon-block, knuckle-guard and pommel all decorated with trophies en suite with the shell, and later grip bound with plaited silver wire and 'Turks' heads'
83.5cm; 32 7/8in blade

Estimate: 2000-3000

Nil

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186

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH FINELY CHISELLED AND GILT HILT, CIRCA 1740
with two-stage blade of flattened-hexagonal section, etched and gilt over the greater part of its surface with allegorical figures, scrolls, strapwork panels, brief inscriptions, a crown and a fleur-de-lys on each side, etched with a panel of scrollwork on a gilt ground at the forte, steel hilt comprising double shell-guard chiselled with rococo scrolls, shell ornament and flowers on a gilt ground on the outside, and elaborate classical scenes including Jupiter and Helios surrounded by putti and scrolls inside, a pair of slightly down-turned quillons with chiselled monster head finials, quillon-block decorated on the front with a pair of bound prisoners and trophies-of-arms, knuckle-guard decorated with further scrolls, reinforced with an additional slender scrolling bar at the base, and ovoid pommel chiselled with further classical figures en suite with the shell, all on a finely matted gilt ground, and later grip, in its scabbard with later leather covering and finely chiselled and gilt locket, chape and middle band en suite with the hilt
77cm; 30 3/8in blade

Estimate: 2000-2500

Nil

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2000

187

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH FINELY CHISELLED GILT-BRASS HILT, CIRCA 1790
with German tapering blade of hollow-triangular section, etched and gilt over the greater part of its surface with allegorical figures, scrolls, trophies-of-arms and the inscription 'Liberty' all on a blued panel, the forte inscribed 'de la manufacture de la marquee à l'extra fin à Solingen' on a gilt panel, gilt-brass hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising double shell-guard decorated with central ovals filled with differing trophies-of-arms, and beadwork borders interrupted by foliage and garlands, globular quillon, knuckle-guard decorated with further designs of beadwork and foliage, ovoid pommel, and solid grip each decorated with oval panels filled with trophies incorporating Phrygian caps
83.8cm; 33in blade

Estimate: 2000-3000

Nil

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2000

188

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH FINELY CHISELLED AND GILT HILT, CIRCA 1760
with contemporary hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls and an allegorical figure on a re-gilt panel over the forte, steel hilt chiselled with rococo ornament in low relief on a finely gilt matted ground, comprising double shell-guard decorated with garlands, bouquets, scrolls and sunbursts on each side, globular quillon decorated with an expanded flower head, a pair of pas d'âne, quillon-block, knuckle-guard and pommel all en suite with the shell, and later grip bound with brass wire and ribband
80.5cm; 31 3/4in blade

Estimate: 1500-2000

Nil

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189

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1740
with hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls and allegorical figures on a re-gilt panel at the forte, signed by the bladesmith 'Pichon Mr Fourbisseur à la Victoire Rue St Honnoré vis à vis Le Cloitre St Honoré à Paris', steel hilt comprising quillon with flattened globular terminal, knuckle-guard, outer ring-guard joined to the knuckle-guard by an additional bar, ovoid pommel, decorated throughout with a pattern of expanded flower heads on a gilt matted ground all enclosed within a trellis frame (areas of light wear), and later grip bound with plaited wire and 'Turks' heads', in a later leather-covered scabbard with contemporary steel locket and chape, the latter decorated with a mask and scrolls on a gilt ground and complete with moulded belt hook
78.5cm; 31in blade

Estimate: 1500-2000

Nil

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190

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH GILT-BRASS HILT, CIRCA 1740
with slender blade of hollow-triangular section, etched over almost its entire surface with scrolling foliage on a gilt ground and signed 'au Duc De Bourgogne Ravoisier Fourbisseur Du Roy Sur Le Pont St Michel a Paris' on a gilt panel on each side at the forte, gilt-brass hilt cast with rococo ornament in low relief, comprising double shell-guard with moulded brim decorated on each side with trophies-of-arms carrying the Royal arms beneath a garland, quillon-block decorated with the crowned mirrored Royal monogram 'L', globular quillon decorated with foliage, knuckle-guard en suite with the quillon, and ovoid pommel decorated with cornucopia issuant from lion masks on each side, and later grip (the hilt and forte probably re gilded)
72.7cm; 28 5/8in blade


Estimate: 1500-2000

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1800

191

A RARE FRENCH RESTORATION EPÉE DE LUXE, CIRCA 1815-24
with tapering blade of flattened-hexagonal section, etched and gilt with foliage and trophies on a blued panel at the forte (worn), gilt brass hilt cast in low relief, comprising double shell-guard fitted with an outer plate decorated with neoclassical foliage, the inside with the crowned Royal arms enclosed by the Order of St Michel supported by a pair of classical figures on each side and with rondels filled with plumed close helmets in profile in the corners, fluted quillon with monster head terminal, quillon-block decorated with the Royal letter 'L' enclosed within a wreath of laurel, pas d'âne, formed as marine monsters, fluted knuckle-guard interrupted by a central moulding decorated with a cupid carrying a cornucopia, urn-shaped pommel encircled by a panel of fleur-de-lys, pineapple button, and solid grip cast with an elaborate neoclassical trophy-of-arms on the front and back and foliage on the sides, in a later scabbard with brass locket and chape, the latter decorated with the crowned Royal letter 'L' between a pair of crossed laurel fronds
83.5cm; 32 7/8in blade

See J. Lhoste 1997, p. 168, no. 280

Estimate: 3000-5000

Nil

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192

A FRENCH SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1780-90, PROBABLY PARIS
with hollow-triangular blade, etched and gilt with scrolls and foliage and an allegorical figure on a blued panel, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, including double shell-guard decorated on each side with a sun-in-splendour above a pair of crossed fronds all carried on a framework of trellis, pierced quillon, a pair of pas d'âne, one struck with silver marks, probably Paris charge for 1780/9, quillon-block, knuckle-guard and ovoid pommel all decorated en suite with the shell, and the grip bound with plaited silver wire and ribband
88.5cm; 34 7/8in blade

Estimate: 1000-1500

Nil

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1000

193

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED AND GILT HILT, CIRCA 1760
with contemporary hollow-triangular blade, steel hilt chiselled with rococo ornament in low relief on a finely gilt matted ground, including double shell-guard decorated with scrolls, shell ornament, trophies-of-arms and trophies-of-music, globular quillon decorated shell ornament, quillon-block, knuckle-guard and pommel all en suite with the shell, and later grip, in its parchment-covered scabbard with locket and chape en suite with the hilt
84cm; 33 1/8in blade

Estimate: 700-900

Nil

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1100

194

AN ENGLISH SMALL-SWORD WITH GOLD INLAID STEEL HILT BY PROSSER'S MANUFACTORY, HYDE STREET, BLOOMSBURY, CIRCA 1790
with French hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls and an allegorical figure on a re-gilt panel at the forte, steel hilt including oval shell-guard inlaid with a border of conventional flowers and foliage within a beadwork frame on the inside, quillon, quillon-block, knuckle-guard and pommel all decorated en suite with the shell, and the grip retaining its original binding of plaited brass wire, ribband inlaid with gold pellets, and beadwork (loose), in a later vellum-covered scabbard with original signed locket decorated en suite with the hilt
82.5cm; 32 1/2in blade

Thomas Prosser is recorded as a sword cutler and fine steel worker established at 21 Hyde Street, Bloomsbury circa 1774-94. See L. Southwick 2001, p. 201.

Estimate: 3000-5000

Nil

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3000

195

A FINE ENGLISH SMALL-SWORD WITH SILVER-GILT HILT, LONDON SILVER HALLMARKS FOR 1793, MAKER'S MARK OF CORNELIUS BLAND
with French blade of hollow-triangular section, etched and gilt with trophies, foliage and figures on a blued ground over almost its entire length, inscribed by the bladesmith 'Aubry Md Fourbisseur Pont St Michel au Roy de France', silver-gilt hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising oval shell-guard decorated with a punched and engraved flower head in the centre and a border of laurel foliage chased in low relief against a punched ground on the inner face, short quillon with flattened globular terminal engraved with an expanded flower head, knuckle-guard chased en suite with the guard, a pair of slender pas d'âne, flattened ovoid pommel and solid grip each chased en suite, in its original vellum-covered wooden scabbard with silver mounts engraved with flower heads matching the hilt, two rings for suspension, and the locket engraved 'Donné par la Martinique'
82.4cm; 32 1/2in blade

A sword with a hilt of almost identical design by the same maker is illustrated in L. Southwick 1982, no. 217. Cornelius Bland (1748-94) is known to have made a number of fine presentation swords including one with a gold and enamelled hilt presented by the people of the island of Tobago to Major General Cornelius Cuyler in honour of his capturing the island from the French. See L. Southwick 2001, pp. 50-51.

Estimate: 3000-4000

Nil

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196

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1740
with hollow-triangular blade etched with scrolls, foliage and trophies on a re-gilt panel at the forte, gilt-brass hilt cast and chased in low relief, including double shell-guard decorated with differing Turk profile rondels on a ground of scrolls and foliage, globular quillon, knuckle-guard decorated with scrolling foliage, quillon-block and ovoid pommel decorated with further profile rondels, and later grip
79cm; 31 1/8in blade
Estimate: 600-800

Nil

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600

197

A NORTH EUROPEAN SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1740
with contemporary hollow-triangular blade of polished steel, gilt-brass hilt cast with rococo scrolls, flowers and foliage in low relief on a matted ground, including double-shell-guard, globular quillon, knuckle-guard and ovoid pommel, and the grip with a later binding of plaited wire and 'Turks' heads'
82.5cm; 32 1/2in blade


Estimate: 800-1000

Nil

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198

A SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED STEEL HILT, PROBABLY DUTCH CIRCA 1670
with polished hollow-triangular blade decorated with a re-gilt panel at the forte, steel hilt including asymmetrical double shell-guard with moulded brim, decorated with groups of three cavalrymen on a pierced ground in imitation of weaving, tall quillon-block, foliate quillon issuant from a monster head, knuckle-guard, and compressed ovoid pommel decorated with further cavalry scenes and grotesque masks, the entire hilt with later silver plating highlighted with gold, and later grip
87.5cm; 34 1/2in blade

Estimate: 600-800

Nil

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1100

199

A FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH CHISELLED STEEL HILT, CIRCA 1745
with hollow-triangular blade etched and gilt with trophies, foliage and a panel of strapwork at the forte (one chip), parcel gilt steel hilt including double shell-guard chiselled with two scenes involving a hound and a goose in a woodland on the outer face and a dragon and serpent and a pair of birds-of-prey within a framework of scrolls on the inner face, globular quillon chiselled with foliage, quillon-block decorated with a hound and an exotic bird, knuckle-guard and globular pommel each chiselled en suite with the guard, and the grip with an early binding of plaited silver wire and 'Turks' heads'
79cm; 31 1/8in blade

Estimate: 700-900

Nil

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200

A SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, CIRCA 1760, PROBABLY AMERICAN
with polished colichemarde blade, moulded silver hilt cast and chased in low relief comprising double shell-guard with moulded brim, pierced on each side of the quillon block, a pair of arms, flattened globular forward-canted quillon, knuckle-guard, and globular pommel, and later grip with 'Turks' heads'
81.5cm (32 1/8") blade

The form of this hilt has a number of features that appear with some consistency on other examples attributed to American manufacture. Though none of these hilts are marked they are generally accepted as being of American make. See A.V.B Norman 1980, p. 211.
Estimate: 800-1000

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1200

201

FOUR SMALL-SWORDS, A HUNTING SWORD, AND A PRACTICE SWORD, 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES
the first with hollow-triangular blade (shortened), silver hilt comprising engraved knuckle-guard, quillon and pommel and oval steel guard; the second with hollow-triangular blade, steel hilt including moulded shell-guard, and pierced ovoid pommel (patinated); the third with shortened blade, oval dish-guard and faceted ovoid pommel (patinated); the fourth with shortened blade, brass hilt cast in low relief including double shell-guard decorated with trophies; the hunting sword with fullered blade, silver hilt cast and chased with hunting trophies in low relief (quillon and shell-guard missing), and the last with characteristic figure-of-eight-shaped guard
the first: 60cm; 23 5/8in blade
(6)
Estimate: 300-400

Nil

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550

202

A COMPOSITE SWORD, 19TH CENTURY
with blade of flattened-diamond section, etched W. Parker in a central panel (rusted), brass hilt based on the 1796 infantry pattern and later wooden grip, together with a knuckle-guard and quillon for a court sword and a dagger with wavy blade and horn grip
51cm (20 1/8") blade
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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180

203

A NAVAL OFFICER'S DIRK BY GILLOT, 36 STRAND, LONDON
with tapering blade of flattened-diamond section, etched with foliage, a fouled anchor and the maker's details (light pitting and wear), gilt-brass cross-piece cast with foliage in low relief, gilt-brass pommel formed as a lion mask, and turned ivory grip (small age cracks)
44.2cm; 17 3/8in

Gillot is recorded at this address circa 1828-68.
Estimate: 300-500

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600

204

A SCOTTISH DIRK, FIRST QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
with robust blade formed with a double-edged point, hardwood grip carved with a pair of slender shoulders, traditional basket-weave designs and swelling out at the pommel (small cracks), and the latter fitted with a characteristic brass disc retained by a square brass washer
44.5cm; 17 1/2in
Estimate: 1500-2000

Nil

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205

AN UNUSUAL SCOTTISH SILVER-MOUNTED DIRK, A LEBEL BAYONET, AN INDIAN SPEARHEAD AND AN AFRICAN POWDER-FLASK
the first with tapering fullered blade formed with a scalloped back-edge, engraved silver ferrule, the grip formed as a silver-mounted bird-of-prey's talons clasping a silver-mounted paste in imitation of citrine, the second in its scabbard; the third with triangular head, moulded neck and tapering socket, and the fourth of tooled leather
the first: 44.5cm; 17 1/2in
(4)
Estimate: 350-450

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480

206

THREE SCOTTISH SKEAN DHUS, 19TH/20TH CENTURIES AND A SILVER-HILTED DAGGER, SHEFFIELD SILVER HALLMARKS FOR 1937
the first three each with tapering blades, hardwood grips, two carved with traditional basket-weave designs, two with silver mounts and the third with white metal mounts and orange resin pommel, each in its matching scabbard; and the fourth with blade of polished steel etched with the maker's details, and silver hilt cast and chased with scrolls in low relief, in its leather scabbard
the first: 15.2cm; 6in
(4)


Estimate: 150-250

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460

207

AN EXTREMELY RARE AMERICAN SWORD PRESENTED TO MIDSHIPMAN CHARLES T. PLATT FOR THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN, 11TH SEPTEMBER 1814, BY RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS 20TH OCTOBER 1814
with flat blade formed with parallel edges and tapering at the point, etched over two-thirds of its length on each side, comprising entwined oak foliage, the presentation inscription (largely obscured by areas of pitting), trophies-of-arms, a panel of trellis filled with flowers, all divided by bands of key ornament on one side and a similar arrangement of foliage, the Latin inscription 'Altius Ibunt Qui Ad Summa Nituntur' (he who aims highest rises highest), a trophy-of-arms and trellis on the other (areas of pitting), signed by the etcher 'Meer' at the forte and the tang stamped by the bladesmith 'Rose', gilt-brass hilt (loose) comprising down-curved shell-guard cast on the outside with crossed anchors and flags behind a Federal eagle upon a cannon and on the inside with a wreath dividing the letters 'US', solid inner guard cast with laurel foliage on the top and eighteen stars beneath, pierced knuckle-guard decorated with a central profile medallion (the top now detached at a later repair), pommel formed as a warrior head cast in the round, solid rectangular grip cast with a mermaid up ending an urn above her head, and retaining much original gilding throughout
82.5cm; 32 1/2in blade

The Battle of Lake Champlain, also known as the Battle of Plattsburgh - off which port it was fought, represented the culmination of British attempts to take control of the lake during the War of 1812. Since Lake Champlain represented a major north-south artery from Canada into the United States, control of the lake was a prerequisite both for the defence of the United States and for a successful assault into the USA's north-eastern states and, ultimately, upon the city of New York. The border between Canada and the USA runs just north of the lake and so the lake was an area of tension between Britain and the USA both before and during the War of 1812. Recognising the lake's strategic position, the US Navy had gradually increased its presence there from the beginning of the war, by converting merchantmen into warships and by actively building ships at Vergennes in Vermont, at the southern end of the lake; in Canada, the Royal Navy had carried out much the same increase in its forces and so, by the spring of 1814, the two navies were prepared for a trial of strength on the lake. In May 1814, a British naval bombardment of Vergennes was beaten off and the Royal Naval force returned to Canada to await an increase in its strength through the building of a frigate, HMS CONFIANCE; hearing of this increase in British strength, the Americans promptly commissioned a brig, named USS EAGLE, which was ready early in August. A land invasion of the USA began late in August and Plattsburgh was under siege by British forces by 6th September. The US Navy squadron, consisting of four small ships (USSs EAGLE, SARATOGA, TICONDEROGA and PREBLE) and ten gunboats, was anchored off Plattsburgh and able to provide fire support for the forts defending the town against a land assault: in order that Plattsburgh be captured - and thus that the British should acquire a port on Lake Champlain - it was necessary that the US Navy squadron be neutralised. On 11th September 1814, a Royal Navy squadron, consisting of four small ships (HMSs CHUBB, LINNET, CONFIANCE and FINCH) and thirteen gunboats, entered Plattsburgh Bay. The two forces were fairly equally matched in terms of strength - the Americans' 86 guns and carronades being opposed by 92 guns and carronades in the British ships - but, as so often in the naval War of 1812, American resolve and gunnery proved more than a match for the Royal Navy, whose Lake Champlain squadron suffered from inexperienced and divided leadership and poor gunnery training. The British tactic in attacking the American anchored line of warships was to emulate Nelson's tactic at the Battle of the Nile, 1st August 1798: that each ship should approach, anchor alongside and engage a specific target. The superiority of American gunnery soon told, however, and all four British ships were eventually forced to surrender - having suffered a dreadful pounding - while most of the British gunboats fled from the action. The failure of the naval assault led to the cancellation of the siege of Plattsburgh and British land forces withdrew, leaving Lake Champlain in the triumphant hands of the Americans. British casualties for the battle were 54 killed and 116 wounded, whereas the Americans suffered 52 killed and 58 wounded. See R. Malcolmson 1998, pp. 124-126.

Following the Battles of Lake Erie (10th September 1813) and Lake Champlain (11th September 1814) Congress resolved that 52 swords be presented. Of these 32 were to Sailing Masters and Midshipmen involved in the Battle of Lake Champlain and the whereabouts of seven are known. It has been suggested that, as a number of posthumous awards were postponed in favour of providing swords for the survivors, substantially fewer swords were actually made. As the original Navy muster rolls prior to 1818 were destroyed in a fire of 1833, it is difficult to be more specific. The distribution of prize money for this action records that: of the total $266,711.17 paid, Platt and other midshipmen received $1,427.13, with Lieutenants receiving $2,012.75 and Seamen and Privates $120.42.

William and Joseph Rose were swordsmiths in Philadelphia circa 1754-1819. John Meer was born in Birmingham, England and exhibited at the Columbian exhibition on 1795 in Philadelphia, where he naturalized in 1798. Meer etched a number of the Roses' sword blades, including those with silver hilts by Thomas Fletcher for the State of Maryland. See John D. Hamilton 1985, pp. 30-37; R. H. Bezdek 1994, pp. 160, 188-189; Ohio 1988.

Estimate: 10000-15000

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208

A COMMEMORATIVE SWORD BY WILKINSON SWORD FOR THE MARRIAGE OF THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER, 29 JULY 1981
the blade with commemorative inscription and the number '0633' (of one thousand), silvered hilt cast with rose and thistle foliage and with the enamelled arms on the shell, the knuckle-guard cast with their respective names, and the pommel enamelled with their respective coats-of-arms, complete with its sword knot
81cm; 31 7/8in blade
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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209

AN 1825 PATTERN NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD BY JOHN SALTER, SWORD CUTLER TO H.R.H. THE DUKE OF SUSSEX, CORNER OF THE ADELPHI, 73 STRAND, LONDON
with regulation blade, etched and gilt with foliage, trophies, a crowned fouled anchor and the maker's details on a blued panel (areas of light surface rust and wear), gilt-brass stirrup hilt including langets engraved with a fouled anchor, and a maned lion's head incorporating the pommel, banded ivory grip (small chips), in its leather scabbard with brass mounts (the scabbard in three pieces, the locket replaced)
74cm; 29 1/8in blade

Salter is recorded at this address circa 1823 until his death in 1834. He made the mourning rings for distribution amongst the immediate friends and family at the funeral of Admiral Lord Nelson at St. Paul's in January 1806. See S. Comfort 2008, p. 191.
Estimate: 1000-1500

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210

A REGULATION SWORD BY OSBORNE AND GUNBY, 19TH CENTURY
with curved single-edged blade cut with a slender fuller along the back-edge, recurved brass cross-piece, lion head pommel, banded bone grip, in its brass-mounted leather scabbard
46.5cm; 18 3/8in blade


Estimate: 150-250

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