May 27, 2020 Founders & Patriots
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2020
This scimitar is featured in Fig. 153 on page 77 of "Silver Mounted Swords: The Lattimer Family Collection" by Daniel D. Hartzler. This sword bears a triple hallmark of Richard Johnston, who worked between 1798-1840 in London. The curved unfullered single edged blade features long 17" panels of etching on both sides. The right side features floral motifs, a large crown over a "GR" monogram, along with stands of arms, other British motifs, and scroll work. The other side features a large British crest along with foliate motifs. The spine is engraved "Solingen" and "RICHD JOHNSTON 68 ST. JAMES' STREET LONDON.". The solid silver hilt features a reverse P knucklebow with integral languettes on both sides of the blade. There are five deeply struck clear London hallmarks beneath the blade on the front of the guard. The knucklebow is faceted and has a cut out for a sword knot near where it meets the pommel. The silver backstrap has two London hallmarks towards the guard, and the silver ferrule at the base of the grip also has two London hallmarks. The ivory grip has balbus sections seperated by three strands of silver wire. CONDITION: Blade retains much of its original polish, with some areas of minor grey spotting and some minor nicks to cutting edge. Hilt is polished bright and hallmarks are excellent. There is a minor repair towards the front of the knucklebow where it meets the guard. Grip shows some chipping at tip of pommel, otherwise excellent, retaining a honey patina, some of the wire wrap is loose. A very attractive British scimitar.
Blade Length
Overall Length
31 - 3/4"
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $600.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,560.00
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
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