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A presentation sword to the Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the Royal Kirkcaldy Volunteers.

Woolley, Deakin & Dutton, circa 1808

Of Light Cavalry (1 7 96) type with curved, fullered blade (slightly bent at the point) blued for its entire length and with very extensive gilt decoration including oakleaves, scrolls etc. and an elaborate trophy of arms (surmounted by a Scottish bonnet) as well as a figure of St. Andrew, another of a Highland officer with drawn broadsword, and armorial shield (of Douglas of Kinglassie) with motto LOCK SICKER, a star of the Order of the Thistle with its motto NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT, the unit's initials RKV, the motto VIGILANDO MUNIO, another armorial shield (thato f Kirkcaldy ), the Scottish Royal Crest and other emblems, maker's details and WARRANTED and, on a blued panel, the following inscription (now rubbed and partly obscured '... ESQ., LIEUTENANT-COLONEL COMMAND ...COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, DRUMMERS, ... TESTIMONY OF RESPECT AND ESTEEM ...' and on the gilt section at the forte, the date 1 808, chequered one-piece iv ory grip (chipped), ornate gilt stirrup-hilt (backstrap loose) with fine matt gilt lion-head pommel, the knucklebow in the form of twin spray s of wheat, the langets with Classical trophy (including fasces) in relief, the leather scabbard with its three finely -engraved and chased ornate gilt mounts (with two suspension rings) with theme of thistles, trophies of arms, Union shield etc. the locket engraved with maker's details as on sword.

28½in. blade

The sword sold for $8,365 at auction in April 2003.

The Royal Kirkcaldy Volunteers (in the Scottish county of Fife) was raised at Kirkcaldy (which is some three miles from Kinglassie) and was of battalion strength. When it was disbanded in 1808 its Lieutenant-Colonel-Commandant was Robert Douglas, who was presumably of the family of Douglas of Kinglassie and the recipient of this sword.

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  • Douglas of Kinglassie


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