British Pattern 1821 Artillery Officer’s Sword of Brigadier General Herbert de Toufreville Phillips
The Royal Artillery Sword of Brigadier General Herbert de Toufreville Phillips. This sword is remarkable for a few reasons, firstly that it is the sword of a high-ranking and interesting officer, who served in various campaigns from the 1880s to WW1. It is also a rare product of George Thurkle’s workshop and while the sword dates to the 1880s, the etching and plating appears to have been applied after 1919, with Phillips’ ‘battle honours’ added towards the later stages of his career. The start and end dates (1881-1919) are etched on the blade above the active service dates, as well Phillips’ initials in a cartouche.