SMI 11: GOLD-HILTED SWORD (GLAIVE)
Date: Before 1800 Origin: France
Presented by the Duke of Wellington to Lt. Col. Sir Henry Hardinge, later Field Marshal 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, in 1817. Worn by him at the Battle of Ferozeshah in 1845.
Slender blade decorated on each side towards the hilt with a gold faux-damascened panel with counterfeit text in the Franco-Egyptian style, also etched on each side with a panel respectively stating ‘This SWORD was worn by / The DUKE of WELLINGTON / from his entering into PARIS / July 1815 to 1817’ and ‘FROM The DUKE of WELLINGTON / TO SIR HENRY HARDINGE / AT THE REVIEW of The PRUSSIAN ARMY / NEAR SEDAN in FRANCE / 1817’, elegant gold hilt with plain surfaces with raised segmented mouldings, the outer faces slightly convex, and straight quillons each with a fine lion-mask finial, in original leather scabbard with gold mounts en suite with the hilt, the locket signed by the maker within the recess for the outer langet, and with two gold rings for suspension.