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    Magnificent Horse Head Pommel British Cavalry Officer's Saber with Historic Blade Inscription Dated 1803. 33 3/4" overall with 1 7/16" wide 29" curved blade. The blade is white etched with gilt decoration for 3/4 of its length. The top portion of the etching depicts the gilt coat of arms of Lieutenant General Daniel Seddon. Beneath in ribands is the family motto "Non Sono Sed Dono" and "Our Country". Further down the blade, bracketed top and bottom with arms panoplies and scroll work is another motto only partially visible, in ribands, with the last four panels clearly visible, "For The / Defence Of / Their Country / 25th Oct / 1803". Careful examination will doubtless reveal the first few lines of the motto. The reverse of the blade incorporates the British Royal Arms with arms panoplies and scroll work and near the base "Osborns / Warranted" indicating the sword was made by H. Osborn of Birmingham and Pall Mall. Blade with some small scattered dark areas with some surface rust and very light pitting. Careful cleaning would upgrade it dramatically, but still very good in its current condition. The massive hilt includes the most finely detailed open mouth horse head pommel with back strap we've ever seen. The horse's main extending half way down the backstrap. Heavy reverse P guard is faceted on the face and ends in a disc quillon. The shield shape langets each depict fierce lion heads. Finely checkered ivory grip with just one tiny chip at the top else perfect. The hilt retains 90% of the original gilt. Leather scabbard with heavy sheet brass gilt mounts, the top being 4 5/8", the middle 3 1/2" and the lower, incorporating a heavy brass drag, 10 1/4". Scabbard with two small holes between the top and middle mounts, else excellent. The brass mounts, with decorative brass cut outs and line decoration, retain about 70% of the original gilt with no dents. A magnificent and historic British mounted officer's saber of the Napoleonic period.

    Lieutenant General Daniel Seddon began his military career as a lieutenant in the Lancashire Militia in 1778. He then served in the 96th Regiment of Foot and the 100th Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincolnshire Regiment). In 1781, the later regiment was posted to India serving in the Second Anglo-Mysore War. Seddon was wounded, captured, and held prisoner until 1784 when he returned to Britain. After recuperating on half-pay until 1788, Seddon returned to India. His next posting was to Ireland as an officer in the 22nd Dragoons where he was again wounded. Seddon served with the British Army in Egypt in 1801 and 1802. When Napoleon Bonaparte massed his Armée de l'Angleterre for his invasion of Great Britain, Seddon was named Inspecting Field Officer for the large militia and volunteer forces raised to repel the French invasion. Seddon participated in the Royal Review of the Volunteer Force on October 26, 1803. When Napoleon invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 1808 the British dispatched Sir Arthur Wellesley to stop the French and reorganize the demoralized Portuguese Army. Wellesley asked Seddon to join him as a Brigadier commanding Portuguese cavalry. Seddon was promoted to the rank of Major General in the British Army in 1813 and Lieutenant General in 1825.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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