1751P Samuel Harvey Birmingham British Infantry
In good condition, a Samuel Harvey of Birmingham (with Running
Fox Trademark) made 1751 Pattern English infantry hanger (sword),
named to soldier on hilt / guard.
About the best 1851 Pattern you can hope to own. First, it was
made by the legendary Samuel Harvey and bears his TradeMark running
fox. Second, unlike most 1851P's generically marked to English militias,
this one is marked to the soldier who once carried it, "A Thomas";
these soldier identified swords are about as rare as they come.
If we had the time, we would do all we could to research Mr. Thomas
and ascertain where he fought, as fought he likely did, probably
in the American Revolutionary War of Independence, as there are
period sword fight marks to the section of the guard hilt where
the should be (to be authentic).
The 6 over 37 is the old style markings used on English / British
swords; it does not identify the regiment but rather sword number
37 of unit 6 (of whatever regiment A Thomas served under). As you
can see, the name and numbers are of the same font / style and age.
This is important as it establishes the sword was originally issued
to A Thomas (his name was not added after the fact) and that he
was a serviceman, not an officer (which would not be appropriate
for this sword). As such, it is almost certain A Thomas served under
a regular infantry division, not a reserve militia. And the numbering
and blade marks to the hilt / guard indicate this soldier with this
sword was active during the US War of Independence.
The 25 1/4 inch blade has been shined, but has not lost its apparent
age. Blade a little loose in the hilt, not much. The brass hilt
and grip in sound condition but with wear.
Oh boy, find another like it; you will not! What an investment,
yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number O89 (1401). Further / full sized images upon request.