Original Napoleonic British P-1803 Named Officer Sword Carried at Battle of Waterloo
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. A very nice sword with a very desirable provenance. This is an 1803 British Officer's Sword in lovely condition. Nearly all of the blue and gilt remaining to the very curved blade and showing very little use. Complete with brass mounted leather scabbard that has had the top mount engraved, now somewhat worn:
CARRIED at WATERLOO
June 18th. 1815
BEAUMONT HOTHAM, 3rd. Baron Hotham (1794 - 1870) joined the Coldstream Guards as an Ensign in 1810 and was immediately sent to participate,1812-1814, in the Peninsular campaign, where he was wounded at the Battle of Salamanca. He was promoted to Captain in 1813. He acceded to the title Baron in 1814 upon the death of his Grandfather, the third Baron Hotham.
He was at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and received the Waterloo Medal. He became a Major in 1819, a Lieutenant Colonel in 1825, Colonel in 1838, Major General in 1851, Lieutenant General in 1858 and Full General in 1865.
Together with this fine sword comes an off-cut of a hand written letter signed by this gentleman, a copy of his obituary dated December 31st 1870 and a color photograph of the officer shown in an oil painting perhaps carrying this very sword.
A known officer attending one of history's most decisive battle, how good can this get?
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