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Mid 18C Samuel Harvey made Norfolk Militia Hanger / Sword, Sold

In aged but sound condition, a mid 18C Samuel Harvey made Norfolk Militia hanger / sword.

Mid 18C Samuel Harvey made Norfolk Militia Hanger / Swordimage U34 1

Sold Item Notice

Made by the renowned Birmingham maker, Samuel Harvey, with his initials within running fox trademark. This sword is engraved to "Norfolk M. E. B." (Norfolk Militia Eastern Battalion) which means the engraving post dates 1757 under the Militia Act, but the sword is an earlier model, probably 1740-1750, when the Norfolk Militia existed but in a less regulated form. It may well b e this was originally an earlier officer's or sergeant's sword as it has a wire grip. Most militias post 1757 carried the 1751 pattern sword. Samuel Harvey produced swords from 1718 to 1778.

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The 27 1/2 inch blade is in good condition with a steady patina but is loose in the hilt / grip (could be rectified quite simply with some metal shards and glue). The brass hilt is overall good but aged / tarnished (again, easy enough to clean up but is best left in our opinion). The wire covered grip is OK, repaired (soldered), possibly replacement wire.

An early regimentally marked Samuel Harvey sword for just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number U34 (0840). Further / full sized images upon request.

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