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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.

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British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword

Having a shagreen and copper wire grip, steeped and ball end pommel, brass half basket Gothic style hilt with Royal Cipher, decorative backstrap, forward facing quillon, fullered single edged blade with double edged tip, etched design with royal cipher, ricasso having star of David to one side and the other having makers ’ E. Thurkle Maker Soho London ’ along with the steel scabbard with hanging loops. Measures; 102 cm.

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British Pattern 1919 Royal Air Force Officer’s Sword

A Royal Air Force Officer’s Sword
82.5cm blade etched with the Royal Arms, RAF badge, vacant panels and foliage, regulation gilt hilt incorporating GRV cypher, eagle head pommel, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its leather scabbard, with gilt mounts, complete with sword knot of gold and blue strap and bullion acorn.

The RAF Officer’s Sword shares design elements with the Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword. The hilt design is nearly the same, except for the RAF emblem on the guard and the hilt material, which is brass. The blade is that of the P1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, but with RAF motifs etched on the blade.

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