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Lloyds Patriotic Fund £50 presentation sword

WPN1042
Weapons

Object connections:

Collection Weapons, Edged weapons
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Textiles: supplying cloth to the world by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Lloyd's Patriotic Fund
Provenance: Wilson, Hfl
Maker: Teed, Richard
EventsDefeat of the Linois squadron, 1804
VesselsWardley fl.1804 (East Indiaman)

Object details:

Object ID WPN1042
Description Lloyds Patriotic Fund £50 presentation sword. Owned by Captain Henry Wilson (Hon. East India Co.). The hilt consists of a gilt pommel and back-piece in the form of a lion's skin. The quillon is shaped as a Roman fascis, the guard meets this at right angles in the form of a Hercules club, a snake entwining about it, and is attached to a loop in the lion's mouth. There is a diamond knurled ivory grip with triangular langets and a rectangular plaque at the base of the grip on which is a group in relief of cannon, anchor, trident, etc., with a floral pendant beneath. The polished steel blade has blued and gilt decoration - rose, thistle and shamrock supported by mermaids, crown surmounting monogram 'GR' in wreath and palm branch; cherubs holding wreath above shield charged with an anchor, surrounded by guns and flags and Britannia seated. There are also two inscriptions, 'From the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds to H Wilson Esq Comng the HEICo ship Warley one of the fleet of merchantmen which on the 15 Feby 1804 defeated and pursued a squadron of French men-of-war under command of Adl.Linois in the Marengo of 84 guns as recorded in the London Gazette of the 11th August' and 'R Teed/Sword Cutler/Lancaster Court/Strand'. This sword is also complete with a box and sword belt. The Museum also has a ship portrait of the 'Warley' off Blackwall by Robert Salmon (BHC3707) which was probably commissioned by Wilson since it came down in his family. This is dated 1804, though whether commissioned before or after the action is not known. A similar 50-guinea sword, awarded to Captain James Farquharson for his role in the same action, was sold by John Nicholson Auctioneers at Fernhurst, 5-6 April 2011. Farquharson was a career sailor with the East India Company and commanded the 'Alfred' at the Battle of Pulo Aor. The estimate price (£10,000 to £15,000) was exceeded and the sword realised £38,000. It was sold to an Australian collector.
Date made 1804

Artist/Maker Teed, Richard
Place made Lancaster Court, Strand, London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials damascened steel; gilt; ivory; metal-gilt
Measurements Blade: 749 x 38 mm
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