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Thread: FS: For Sale: Presentation 1822 Pat. RA Sword to Maj-Gen W.J. Napier

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    FS: For Sale: Presentation 1822 Pat. RA Sword to Maj-Gen W.J. Napier

    This is a presentation version of the 1822 Pattern sword for officers of the Royal Artillery. It was awarded to Captain William John Napier at the end of his time as Adjutant to the Norfolk Volunteer Artillery (he had been seconded from the regular Army to assist in the efficient running of the unit - a common practice). It's in all respects a standard model, based as it is on the 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's sword, with its 3-bar hilt and slightly curved, single fullered blade. The presentation inscription is the main point of interest, and this is nicely executed in Gothic script in a cartouche on the left-hand side of the blade.

    The sword was retailed by Hobson & Sons, of Lexington St., London, and is serial numbered 99841. It is in excellent all-round condition with beautiful blade etching, and the only fault I can find to note is the presence of some old pitting towards the last 5"-6" on both sides of the blade - this is hardly noticeable but nonetheless needs to be mentioned. It can be seen in one of the photographs. The sword also has its original knot, which is a nice extra.

    William John Napier, C.B., C.M.G (1863 – 1925), had a long and distinguished career, serving under three monarchs (Victoria, Edward VII and George V). He was the grandson of the 9th Lord Napier, and graduated from the Royal Military Academy in July 1883, being immediately gazetted to the R.A. as a Lieutenant. His period of secondment to the 1st Norfolk Volunteer Artillery took place in 1889, and he was made temporary Captain for this posting (confirmation of his Captaincy took place in 1892). In the Boer War, Napier served as Divisional Adjutant at Pretoria, and took part in operations in the Orange Free State (Feb – May '00) and in the Transvaal (May – Jun '00), earning a Queen’s Medal with 3 clasps. He was promoted Major in December 1901, Lt-Colonel in December 1911, and served in the First World War, intially in France & Belgium (Mar '15 – Oct '17), where he was wounded and also Mentioned in Despatches three times (Jan '16, Jan '17 & Dec '17). Later, following a promotion to full Colonel, he was made a Temporary Brigadier-General and Director of Artillery at the War Office (October 1917 – February 1920). His promotion to Major-General was awarded in the June 1918 King’s Birthday Honours as a reward "for valuable services rendered in connection with the War". In addition to his British medals for WW1, he was also made Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy and Officier of the Legion d’Honneur. W.J. Napier retired on the grounds of ill-health in November 1922 after 39 years' military service.

    This is a great sword with excellent further research potential, and is on sale for £475 or the equivalent in your local currency. PayPal preferred, but personal cheque or bank transfer are also OK for UK residents. Exempt from recent UK sword control legislation by virtue of being an antique!

    Please PM me or email me at 'mrshartsboy @ btopenworld.com' (removing the spaces from either side of the @ sign) for more info.

    NB: Copies of research info and of three studio photographs of Napier will be provided to the buyer along with the sword.
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    Last edited by John Hart; 01-07-2011 at 09:55 AM.
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    One Bump before it goes to eBay!

    Appreciate that presentation swords are a bit of a specialist area and will appeal mostly to those who value provenance over rare patterns, but I'll bump this once before I send it to eBay. UK buyers take note as you won't be able to buy it from that place due to their sword policy changes!

    John
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