A very good 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry Officers Sword of the 17th Lancers.
The sword of Sir Francis Burdett, 8th Bt. 17th Lancers.
He was born on the 5th of July 1869 at Ancaster House, Richmond Upon Thames, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Burdett and
He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He succeeded to the title of 8th Baronet Burdett, of Bramcott, Warwickshire on 31 May 1892.
He gained the rank of Lieutenant firstly in the 4th Dragoon Guards, then to the 8th Hussars, before finally transferring to the 17th Lancers, his fathers old regiment, in 1894. He served with the 17th Lancers until 1897.
He rejoined the regiment from the Reserve in 1900 and fought in South Africa, being severely wounded on the 19th of July of that year at Paardeplatt. He recieved the Queens medal and 4 clasps.
He married in 1908 Frances Elphinstone Boyd, in Hanover Square.
He later served as ADC to the Govenor of Ceylon from 1901-04, before again resigning his commission in 1910.
He was subsequently fought in the First World War. An image of him in staff uniform may be found on the IWM website, HERE.
He finally retired from the army in 1920, and resided at Ramsbury Manor in Wiltshire. He was a JP and High Sherrif for Derbyshire as was his father before him. He was a member of the Army and Navy, Carlton, and Cavalry clubs. He died at his home in 1951, aged 79.
A rather fine three quarter length oil on canvas portrait of Sir Francis by Herman Gustave Herkomer was sold at auction back in 2017. It dates to 1895 and features Sir Francis wearing the fine full dress uniform of the 17th Lancers, and wearing his 1821 pattern Light Cavalry officers sword.
The sword itself was produced by Wilkinson of Pall Mall in June 1891.
Regulation 1821 Pattern light cavalry officers hilt in good condition, with some areas of staining and old corrosion/dirt. Fully chequered pommel and backpiece with chequered thumb rest. The shagreen grips are 95% plus complete showing service wear and are bound with silver twistwire. It retains its original brown leather sword knot.
The 34.5 inch, single fullered blade of 1845 pattern. It is marked "By Appointment, Wilkinson Sword, Pall Mall, London" to the ricasso, and with thier "HW" proof slug to the other. The original owners family crest and interlocking initials are also present within a bordered panel, along with the usual floral etching with crowned VR cypher.
The other side of the blade is decorated with the regimental badge of skull and crossed bones surmounting the crossed lances of the 17th Duke of Cambridges Lancers. This also features the regimental "Or Glory" within a banner. Above this is the royal coat of arms, The blade clean and bright, good clear etching, with some very light staining along both sides of the blade. It has been service sharpened.
Housed in its original steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings. This in good bright condition with some areas of staining. some minor dings and dents, and a breached indentation at the drag. The sword fits perfectly. All housed in its original brown leather carrying bag, with initials "F.B."
A fine and completely untouched example, fresh to the market. It will require some light cleaning to bring it back to a good collectors standard, and with the opporunity for further research into the original owner.
Supplied with a digital copy of the Wilkinson Ledger page for this sword.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.