King William IV Coronation Sword for Yeomanry
Cavalry Officer, sold
A King William IV coronation sword for a yeomanry cavalry officer,
in virtually mint condition
Etched to prestigious "Hamburger Harwood & Co 30 King
Street Covent Garden" (1827 - 1839), the King William 4th cypher
to the out facing langet indicates this is a sword made for and
probably worn at the coronation of King William IV in 1830. Although
it may also have been for a non-military official, the chape / drag
is distinctively cavalry. The so-called "stirrup" hilt
having been replaced in 1821/1822 for all regular army cavalry and
infantry officers, the only officers able to retain the 1796 pattern
hilt being yeomanry. Confirming this to be a coronation ceremony
sword is the fact it is in virtually mint condition, indicating
it was seldom worn and thereafter kept in storage.
The superb 31 inch pipe backed clipped pointed blade is well tablet
etched and firm in the hilt. The hilt remains most if not all gilt.
The black fishskin grip is in superb condition, as are the associated
twisted grip wire bindings. The steel scabbard is in very good shape,
some small indentations but nothing much. The sword sheathes and
draws very well.
An incredibly rare and stunning sword for only £xxx; grab
it quick as you are unlikely to find another, especially in this
condition. Please quote item reference K78 (1176). Further / full
sized pictures available upon request.