The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752
The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752

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The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752
The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752
The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752
The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752
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The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752

Estimate:

8,000 - 10,000 GBP

The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752

The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752

Estimate:

8,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot sold:

9,450

GBP

Description

The Galfridus Walpole and Maurice Suckling silver-hilted hanger believed to be that carried by Captain (later Admiral Lord) Horatio Nelson, by Nixon, Strand, London silver hallmarks for 1752


with earlier curved fullered blade double-edged towards the point, stamped with an orb mark and a further mark on each face, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, including down-turned shell-guard pierced with a symmetrical arrangement of scrolling foliage within a roped frame, knuckle-guard and cap pommel decorated en suite, and fluted horn grip with a chased silver collar at the base, in its original leather-covered wooden scabbard with engraved silver locket incorporating a suspension hook and signed by the cutler on the reverse, the blade with patches of pitting and sharpening wear, the hilt evidently repaired in the 1780s and struck with a contemporary maker’s mark, TS, the scabbard leather with extensive wear and losses, the chape missing, the locket cracked

blade: 60cm; 23⅝in

Condition report

The hilt with marks and scratches to the grip and some bending to the guard. Residue of old silver polish. The blade with tarnishing, oxidization and scratches. The scabbard in very poor condition and split along long edge with losses to leather.


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Provenance

Captain Galfridus Walpole (1683-1726);
Captain Maurice Suckling (1726-28);
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805);
Lieutenant Maurice William Suckling (1761-1820);
Thence by descent, Sale, London, Sotheby's Olympia, 2003, Arms & Armour, lot 80

Literature

Commander W.E.May, R.N. & P.G.W. Annis, The Galfridus Walpole – Suckling sword, in, Swords for Sea Service, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 1970, vol. I, pp.103-105, reproduced, in part