Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK, visit our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref no 9396. A Victorian Artillery Officer's Levee Sword to Captain Pryce Bowman Hamilton. Pryce Bowman Hamilton was born in 1844. He received his first commission to the County Palatine of Lancaster, 7th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers in 1861. He purchased his commission as a Cornet in the 13th Hussars on 7th April 1865. Part of this service was in Canada from Sept 1866 – April 1867. The Fenian incursions into Canada from the United States in 1866 caused the British government to send cavalry out to Canada, and the 13th Hussars were selected to go. On 11th September 1866 seven Troops (324 other ranks with 26 officers) marched from York and were sent by train to Liverpool. Under Lieutenant-Col Jenyns they embarked on the Taria and the Europa and set sail for Canada. There were 246 troop horses, with 59 horses for the officers. It was a bad crossing with heavy gales blighting the whole voyage, causing the deaths of 16 troop horses and 4 officers' horses. On arrival two Troops were posted to Montreal and the rest of the regiment to Toronto. On the 15th March 1879 he was commissioned in the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers Liverpool Brigade, serving as a Lieutenant. Pryce Bowman Hamilton also presumably saw service throughout the first world war as he passed away on the 18th December 1918 . A 32 inch slightly curved blade engraved with scrolling foliage, artillery piece, laurel wreath, crossed lances and a banner with the owner's name “ Pryce Bowman Hamilton”. Regulation three-bar steel hilt, wire bound fish skin grip. Complete in a steel scabbard. Ref 9396.
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