A small-sword with an ormolu hilt
A small-sword with an ormolu hilt by Richard Johnston c 1800. The hilt of conventional form decorated overall with raised ribs of rounded section, those on the guard in radial arrangement. The grip bound with fine silver wire, and with woven turk’s heads. The hollow ground triangular section polished blade etched with a trophy of arms and foliage. In its vellum covered scabard (damaged) with steel mounts, the locket signed “R. Johnston late BLAND & FOSTER Sword Cutler & Belt Maker to his MAJESTY 68 St James’s St London”
Blade length 32¾” (83cms) Overall length 39½ (100 cms)
Richard Johnston succeeded Robert Foster (formerly Bland & Foster) in 1798 at 68 St. James’s Street. See L. Southwick, “London Silver-hilted Swords…” Leeds 2001, pp 153-154 for an account of Richard Johnston.