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Victorian Presentation Sword to George Keppel, Sold

In very good condition, a Victorian Presentation Sword to George Keppel, husband of Edward VII's lover.

Victorian Presentation Sword to George Keppel, husband of Edward VII's lover

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George 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 of Camilla, 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.

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