Georgian / British Kingdom of Hanover Royal
Household Sword, Sold
In very good condition, originally from Blankenburg and then Schloss
Marienburg Castles in the former Kingdom of Hanover, now Prussia
(Germany) a George III / IV British made Royal Household Military
A rare sword once worn by the Aid-de-Camp in the Kingdom of Hanover
while it was part of the Kingdoms of George III and George IV of
Great Britain. The sword was in Blankenburg Castle (probably as
a conquest trophy circa 1866 when Prussia dissolved Hanover) until
1945 when it moved to Schloss Marienburg Castle (now owned by Prince
Ernst August of Hanover, descendant of King George III and IV),
from where it was bought by a prolific Canadian collector, Gary
Bates, some years ago (1960's / 1970's) and remained with him until
he decided to sell his collection in 2012.
The sword is a variation of the British 1786 pattern (no folding
guard) marked to taylors / outfitters Burne & Co., London, "Warranted".
The etching type, still clear, implies George IV more than George
III era. The 82cm curved blade is in very good condition, with the
etching including Britannia, the female figure of Victory and a
cornucopia (horn) of plenty. Blade firm in the hilt, the hilt with
much gilt remaining, the twisted silvered wire grip also very good.
The brass scabbard in great shape. The sword sheathes and draws
A truly historic sword in excellent condition and well worth £?
(too late, now sold). Further / full sized images available upon
request. Please quote item reference F26 (878).