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Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC

Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
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  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
  • Antique Naval Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson Shagreen 19thC
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A superb antique Naval Officers Sword in leather mounted scabbard by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, engraved J.Wilson. R.N 8th August 1874.

The sword features a brass foliage basket with a crown and anchor plaque, a nd a decorative shagreen hilt that terminates in a lion's head.

The single 80cm etched blade, double-edged at the point is cut with a long deep central fuller and is elaborately etched.

It is stamped with the serial number 21080, and it comes with its original leather scabbard.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 9 x Width 97 x Depth 10

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 inches x Width 3 feet, 2 inches x Depth 4 inches

Wilkinson Sword set the standards for contemporary firearms. From its origins in the eighteenth century, Wilkinson Sword always represented the highest possible standards and most advanced technology of the sword maker’s craft.

The company was founded by Henry Nock in the year 1772. Although accounts of his background are sketchy, it is thought that Henry Nock learnt his craft as a gun maker in Birmingham and came to London to seek his fortune. He made his name quickly, with a series of brilliant innovations that transformed the design and performance of sporting and military firearms, such as the ‘screwless’ lock.

When the British Government placed an order for 10,000 flintlock muskets and bayonets – then by far the largest contract ever – Wilkinson Sword became universally known as the supreme gun maker of the age.

In 1804, James Nock was appointed Gun Maker to George III, thus beginning a relationship between Wilkinson Sword and the British monarchy, which has lasted to the present day. On his death, that same year, Nock passed on the business to his apprentice and son-in-law, James Wilkinson, who had worked for the last ten years as Nock’s foreman and general manager. *

James Wilkinson continued making guns for the Board of Ordnance as well as the leading gentry of the day as the Wilkinson Sword record books reveal – but he did not possess the innovative spirit of his forebear. Indeed it was his son Henry who took the company to even greater heights, extending the tradition of excellence into sword manufacture.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08929

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