The arms are those of Beauclerk, Dukes of St Albans for the first Duke of St Albans (1670-1726), illegitimate son of King Charles II by his mistress, the actress Nell Gwynn. The crest is probably that of Morrison.
In overall good condition, usual scratches commensurate with age, small chip on the wood handle.
Fully marked on body.
Weight under the base.
Good weight, large size. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."