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A Georgian Light Company Officer’s Sword, 1800
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A Georgian Light Company Officer’s Sword, 1800

Measurements: Length: 102cm (40in)



Blued steel curved blade (length 81cm (32in) decorated in gilt with stands of arms, crowned Royal arms and crowned GIIIR cypher. The marked J. Runkel, Solingen, copper gilt half basket hilt with D-shaped guard supported by two scrolling side bars, framing a light company strung bugle horn within an oval cartouche, bold lion's head pommel, wire bound ribbed ivory grip, contained in its copper gilt mounted leather scabbard, the upper mount dot punched with the maker’s name of Thurkle's No. 15 New Street Fetter Lane.

George Moses Thurkle was Master of the Cutlers' Company in 1814, and head of the long established family firm of cutlers from 1812 to 1826 at 15 New Street Square, near Fetter Lane, London. With the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and ensuing downturn in demand for officers’ swords he was declared bankrupt in 1817, though he had already diversified into the wine business. In 1821 he created the sword used by George IV at his Coronation in 1821 (Royal Collection - now displayed in the Queen's Guard Chamber, Windsor Castle).