Attributed to Lieutenant Francis Temple, Royal Artillery. The flat, fullerless blade bearing the initials "F.T." in a cartouche. The retailer, Folkard of Jermyn Street, London was a tailor. His business filed for bankruptcy in April 1856, thus dating the sword prior to this. A simple scroll through the Army lists provides only one Artillery officer with these initials.
A very fine example, and highly unusual to have an attributed patent hilt of this period.
Lieutenant Francis Temple was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in June 1852.
Lieutenant Temple died of disease whilst aboard HMS Firebrand on the passage home from the Crimea, on the 12th of July 1856.
He was the son of Admiral Francis Temple (Vice-Admiral of the Blue) and Susan Warren of Truro, Cornwall.
34 inch blade.
Very clean overall. The gutta percha grip retaining some of the original silver twistwire.
Scabbard an excellent fit, and clearly original to the sword.
The more unusual "flat" blade is very clean, with bright, clear etching. Featuring the original owners initials, retailers address, standard crowned VR and feathered lighting bolts, along with the words "Royal Artillery".
Scarce to find any attributable Crimean war sword, but add in the fact that this is an early patent hilt, in superb condition, and one has a very rare sword indeed, and one for the specialist collector.
Strictly over 18's only.
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