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Thread: Governor General Foot Guards of Canada Picquet Weight Sword, Pattern 1854

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    Governor General Foot Guards of Canada Picquet Weight Sword, Pattern 1854

    Hi all, I was able to pick up a beautiful Pattern 1854 Foot Guards sword this weekend. The sword is made by E. Smith, 139 Ebury St. London. I don't know this maker so I'm hoping a forum member can let me know when this sword was made. The blade is near mint with a frosted panel having The Governor General Foot Guards of Canada in it along with a etched version of the regimental badge. The proof plug is in silver, "PROVED P" within the typical star. I also find it interesting that there is no Royal Cypher or Arms on the blade. Is this a Guards tradition as there is a regimental badge on the guard itself? I've attached a collage of the sword for reference.

    Regards,

    Greg
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    Hi Greg my psychic senses tell me you found this sword at the Oshawa show. Nice find!

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    Yes Will, I think it's a sleeper. The badge etched into the blade has a Victorian crown so I'm thinking this may be a pre-1900 sword. Once I find some info on the maker I'll know for sure.

    BTW, thanks for helping out on prices of scabbards, I passed your info on to my father!

    Greg

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    PM sent.

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    Thanks for info Will, not that old but still beautiful!

    Greg

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    I thought I'd add some images of the frosted etching. Will M has been very helpful but I'm wondering if anyone from the UK knows more about the maker?

    Greg
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    Super sword, E Smith will have been the retailer, I think the sword maker is probably ’P’ for S J Pillin 1881-1919ish.

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    Thanks Ben!

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    Great looking sword!
    Ive seen a "Edward Smith,military cap and accoutrement maker,139 Ebury Street,Eaton Square SW" in London...and apparently The Queen uses a sword for investitures that belonged to George 6th made by an "Edward Smith"...according to the BBC

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    Thanks Stuart!

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