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A very nice condition 1803 pattern infantry officers sword identified to Lieutenant Valentine Hale Mairis. Standard pattern 1803 hilt with lion’s head ring for a portapee, cut out ‘GR’ with crown to the front of the guard, cut out cross guard, some remains of original gilt, the fish skin grip in excellent condition with a very attractive double row of silver wire with intertwined silver wire between the outer edges. The curved blade with the upper part of both sides with its blued panel. All of the decoration is visible, originally it would have been in bright gilt, this has dulled somewhat but is still very visible as is the blued panel. Crown over ‘GR’ stands of arms, floriated patterns with infantryman carrying a sword. This is a German made, Solingen, blade marked ‘Runkel Solingen’ on the flat back upper edge. The blade is in excellent condition, complete in its original scabbard. The leather, although creased in places is absolutely strong and firm. Some traces of original gilt remaining to the three scabbard mounts. Some minor indentations to the lower mount. On the reverse of the upper mount engraved ‘Lieutenant Valentine H. Mairis E.I.C.’ (East India Company). Accompanying the sword is the original Commission document for the Commission of Valentine Hale Mairis, countersigned by Alexander MacGregor Murray. The Commission is signed on the 11th day of June 1812, the Valentine Hale Mairis papers are in Georgetown University, the papers are arranged in 62 folders in one box. Valentine Hale Mairis was born about 1795, the son of a vicar in West Lavington in Wiltshire. His early career was spent in the British military first as an Ensign in the 78th Highland Regiment in India, Scotland and Ireland 1813 to 20, then as a Major in the 6th Dragoons in Birmingham and Limerick 1820 to 22. A highly interesting sword with absolute provenance to an East India Company Ensign.

Code: 71408 Price: 1895.00 GBP

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