Victorian Presentation Sword to George Keppel,
In very good condition, a Victorian Presentation Sword to George
Keppel, husband of Edward VII's lover.
Keppel was the husband of Alice
Keppel, the long term mistress of the Prince of Wales / King
Edward VII; George Keppel knew of the affair and dutifully kept
quiet about it and maintained a low profile while his wife was in
the company / bed of his monarch. There is some debate as to who
fathered Alice Keppel's second child, Sonia, born after Alice's
affair and who Sonia is, wait for this, the maternal grandmother
Duchess of Cornwall; hmmm!
The blade is inscribed "Presented to George Keppel as a token
of esteem and regard May 15th 1886" when he graduated Sandhurst.
It was seldom worn by him as he joined the Gordon Highlanders and
thereby bought and wore a Scottish claymore. This sword was a gift
from his father, William Keppel, the 7th Earl of Albemarle who was
a noted rifle regiment officer.
The sword is etched to "E Thurkle Maker Soho London"
and is a flat bladed sword (fullered blades being very difficult
to etch presentation text onto, and to read).
The 32 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt. The hilt / guard is very good, as are the grip and twisted
grip wire bindings. The original black rifle regiment sword knot
is good but on strap has broken. The steel scabbard al;so very good.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
This sword has only seen the battle of love and the sordid truth
of the British royal family. As such, you will never find another
and it is seriously under priced at only £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference Q92. Further / full sized images
available upon request.