An wonderful and unique presentation 1854 pattern Infantry officers sword.
Shagreen and twistwire is complete and in a very pleasing condition. The hilt retaining some original gilt, and without any major flaws.
The presentation inscription reads:
"George Beresford Lempriere from and old and valued friend of his fathers Colonel F. G. T. Deshon. 25th December 1877"
The blade is also in very good condition, with minimal staining. The etching and inscription are all crisp and clear. Maker marked to E Thurkle, Denmark Street, Soho, London.
The scabbard is original, but has suffered a break under the bottom mount. However, it could be mended, or the leather replaced. Finding these original scabbards is proving near impossible these days.
Lieutenant Colonel G.B. Lempriere
George Beresford Lempriere. Born Gillingham, Kent in 1858.
Commissioned into the 77th Foot (from Militia) as 2nd Lieutenant 1879, advanced to Lieutenant the following year and promoted to Major 1898.
In the South Africa War 1899-1902 he took part in the relief of Ladysmith, the action at Spion Kop and Vaal Kranz, operations on the Tugela and action of Peter's Hill; operations on the Transvaal in June 1900; operations in Natal March to June 1900 including the action at Laing's Nek; further operations in the Transvaal July 1900 to August 1901 and operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901 (Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 8.2.1901 and 10.9.1901; Brevet of Lieut. Colonel)
He died in Winchester in 1943.
His medals sold by Spink and Son November 5, 2003 Lot 93
Description: Pair: Lieutenant Colonel G.B. Lempriere, Middlesex Regiment.
Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, six clasps, Cape Colony, this a contemporary copy, Tugela Heights, Orange Tree State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing's Nek (Lt. Col.); King's South Africa, two clasps, good very fine or better.
Lieutenant-General F. G. T. Deshon C.B.
22nd and 48th Foot, later Colonel of the 51st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Frederick George Thomas Deshon was born at Chester on 10 November 1818, eleventh child and third surviving son of Major Peter Deshon, 85th Foot.
Commissioned as an Ensign in the 56th Foot on 29 December 1837, he exchanged to the 22nd Foot, as Lieutenant, on 5 January 1841. He served with the 22nd Foot during the latter part of the campaign under Sir Charles Napier in Lower Scinde in 1843, being present at the battle of Hyderabad on 24 March 1843. He served in the Southern Mahratta Country in 1844 and 1845 under Major-General Delamotte, and was present at the investment and capture of Forts Panulla and Pounghur on 1 December 1844; and also present during the investment and reduction of Forts Munnahar and Munsuntook, in the Southern Concan in January 1845, as Staff Officer, Right Wing of the Regiment.
Promoted to Captain in the 22nd Foot on 30 November 1849, Deshon exchanged into the 48th Foot in April 1850. He served at the siege of Sebastopol as Captain from 21 April 1855 until the termination of the siege on 9 September 1855; and was present likewise, as Brevet Major, in the subsequent operations at Sebastopol, ending with the treaty of peace, and in command of 2 companies of the regiment detached to do duty in the Dock Yard from 14 January to 14 March 1856. Deshon was mentioned in General Orders, dated Headquarters, Sebastopol, 7 February 1856, whilst in command at the Dock Yard, Sebastopol.
Deshon became Lieutenant-Colonel in August 1864, Colonel in March 1870, Major-General in May 1880, and Lieutenant-General in July 1881. He was appointed Colonel of the 51st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in January 1903, and created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in June 1904.
Lieutenant-General Deshon died at Bathampton, Bath, on 3 April 1913, aged 95.
Strictly over 18's only.
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