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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

King William IV Coronation Sword for Yeomanry Cavalry Officer

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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.


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