Lot 72 (Weapons & Militaria, 18th May 2017)

Sold for £46,000


 

Fine and rare Lloyd's Patriotic Fund sword of 50 Guinea-type awarded to Lieutenant James Boxer of H.M.S. Antelope, presented in 1804. The ormolu hilt of classical inspiration - the quillons formed as fasces, the knuckle bow as the club of Hercules entwined by a serpent, the pommel as the skin of the Nemean lion, the grip of finely chequered ivory, the langets cast with Naval trophies, with original blue and gold bullion dress knot, with curved single edged fullered blade richly decorated and retaining approximately 95% of its blued and gilt decoration down its entire length and engraved with the 1801 - 1816 Royal Arms, figures of Britannia and Victory, Naval trophies of arms, crowned GR cipher and floral scrolls and the presentation inscription 'From the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds to Leiut. James Boxer of H.M.S. Antelope for his Gallant Conduct on the Capture of the Dutch armed Galliot Schrik by the boats of the Antelope and Magicienne in the night of the 23rd of March 1804 near Zeurick Zee. Complete with its ormolu scabbard retaining all its gilded finish, engraved with oak leaves on its back edge and decorated with cast and chased Naval trophies with classical Medalslions dePicturesting Herculean Labours and inset polished shagreen panels and twin cabled suspension rings, the throat engraved 'R. Teed Sword Cutler, Lancaster Court, Strand'. Lieutenant, later Captain James Boxer R.N. was a Naval hero who fought gallantly for his country. He entered the Navy as a Captain's servant in 1794 and rose in rank until his retirement as Captain in 1846. Of his many battles, the action which precipitated the presentation of the 50 Guinea Lloyd's sword was as follows:- 'Attaining the rank of Lieutenant on 14 November 1800 - he next in 1801 accompanied the expedition to Egypt for his services throughout the whole campaign, as Commander of Tigre's Launch, was presented with the Turkish gold Medals. Lieutenant Boxer transferred to the Antelope on 12 March 1803, bearing the broad pennant in the North Sea of his friend, Sir W. S. Smith. Subsequently, on 31.3.1804, led a division of boats, was wounded in a gallant and successful attack on a guard-vessel, the Schrik of 6 guns and 94 men which he captured'. Sold with research. Provenance: Purchased by Philip Southgate in July 1983 from Peter Dale Ltd. Pall Mall, London

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