Original British Named Cavalry Saber with Officer Commission Dated 1787
Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Dated August 6th, 1787 this military commission appoints JOHN PERRY to be a Lieutenant of the St. James's Troop of the Jamaican Regiment of Horse.
A magnificent early Commission measuring 15" x 11" and signed by the Lt. Governor
Colonel Alured Clarke. Alured Clarke, 1744 -1832 was a Major in the 54th Regiment of Foot in 1771 becoming Lt. Colonel of the 7th Regiment of Foot in 1776. He served in the American Revolutionary War becoming the Commanding Officer of King George III's Forces in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. In 1782 as the war was winding down he was made Lt. Governor of Jamaica and later Lt. Governor of the Province of Quebec. In 1793 he went to South Africa to defeat the Dutch at the Battle of Wynberg and then went onto India to become Commander in Chief of Bengal, then Madras and ended up as Commander in Chief of all India. All in all he was a very high profile British Officer who served in the American Revolutionary War.
Lieutenant John Perry, the owner of both Saber and Commission, went on to become a Captain in the Jamaican Regiment of Horse which we know because included with this original Commission, is his Ivory gripped Cavalry Saber with engraved blade showing King George's Coat of Arms and displaying a Crown over G.R. The back of the Saber's brass grip strap is engraved, although a worn, reads:
Capt. John Perry - St. James's Troop, REGT. OF HORSE, Kingston
As of yet Captain John Perry remains un-researched and that is the current extent of our knowledge. This is a fine set of a named Officer's Saber and Original Commission dated 1787 signed by a leading British Revolutionary War Officer.
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