Georgian (William IV) British Army General's
Mameluke, Tatham, Sold
In overall good condition, a rare Georgian / William IV British
Army General's Mameluke, Tatham.
A really early (one of the first) British Army General's Mameluke
(pattern of 1831) etched to Tatham, Sword Cutler to the King (this
style dating to sword to 1834 or earlier).
The 29 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, the etching still very
clear, some patina rust spots but not too many, and firm in the
hilt. The hilt is overall good but the ivory grip scales have born
the test of time less well; they have stained and cracked as ivory
does as it gets older. The ivory grip has been glued / repaired;
it is almost all there (except for one chip), so could be better
restored maybe. The original sword knot is aged / faded and frayed
in places, but a huge bonus given the age. The brass scabbard denoting
general officer not just general staff is good but with some small
dings and discoloration. The mameluke sheathes and draws well.
Quite a rare event, to say the least, to get a Georgian army general's
mameluke, so £? (too late, now sold) is truly a good buy indeed.
Please quote item reference AE60 (0955). Further / full sized images
available upon request.