In very good condition, a Victorian British Honurable Artillery Company Officer’s Sword with Family Crest
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Bearing a Coat of Arms associated with the Morrisson family / clan and having come from a family of that name, this sword is believed to have been the property of Colonel, John Charles Downie Morrison, formerly of the Royal Marines, who received a royal commission into the HAC in 1866, and who resided in Hillfoots, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The family crest is not the typical Morrisson family crest and we have been unable to determine why (it bears the their motto “pretia prudentia praestat” yet is not of the three turk heads officially associated with the Morrissons). Please note: the HAC emblem to the hilt is lacking although it may still be possible to obtain a replacement from the Honourable Artillery Company itself. Or you could buy a lesser sword (such as this one – discount available for both) and rob the badge from it.
The 31 3/8 inch blade in very good condition, etching still crisp, a couple of patina spots but not much / many. Blade firm in hilt. Hilt generally good. Fishskin grip in very good order; the twisted grip wire bindings are good but some lesser strands a tiny bit wayward here and there. The leather and gilt metal fittings scabbard in good order, a little aged. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Plenty of research potential and a great scarce sword, yours for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AC24. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0238-1m (1.622).