~ 1821 Pattern Victorian Boer War Officers Sword Of The Royal Durham Artillery ~
The sword was presented to ‘Lt. RGM Johnson From his Brother Officers July 1901’, as etched on the metal scabbard.
It comes with a 1994 dated letter from from ‘Mark and David Hawkins, Antiques & Armour, Brighton’.
Lt Johnson commanded a sangar (sand bags made into a fortification) at Fort Prospect 26th September 1901. The Boers attacked and broke through the defence lines. They got within 20 yards of the sangars and were repulsed by the valiant action of Johnson’s men, defending the position for 14 hours.
The blade is decorated with etched with scrolling arabesques on both sides.
One side the blade is etched with the sword-smiths name ‘Hobson & Sons, 1.3&5 Lexington St, London’, the British coat of arms and the inscription ‘Royal Artillery’ between a grenade and a cannon.
The opposite side is etched with the RA battle standard and marked with the proof star.
The edge of the blade bears the serial number ‘101241’.
The grip is made of metal wired black shagreen.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 35 inches (98 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 41 inches (104 cm).
The overall length of the sword in its scabbard is 43 inches (109 cm).
The sword weighs 1.5 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in excellent condition with no wear.
The metal has darkened but remains rust or damage free.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £25 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.