A 1796 pattern infantry officer's presentation sword
A 1796 pattern infantry officer's presentation sword for St George's Regiment, Dominica dated 1797. The regulation blade which retains some of its original blued decoration is etched Woolley & Co., together with a crowned GR, the Royal Arms (pre 1801), Britannia, a trophy of arms and foliate ornament. The regulation brass hilt retains traces of original gilding, the underside of the guard is engraved "The Gift of His Excellency The Honble A Cochrane Johnstone To Lieut L. Wattleworth, St Georges Regt, Dominica Decr 17th 1797".The grip is bound with silver wire.
Blade length 31¾" (81cms) Overall length 38½" (98cms)
The Hon. Andrew Cochrane, the twelfth and youngest son, at one time Governor of Dominica, married Lady Georgina Hope Johnstone, third daughter of third Earl of Hopetown, and assumed the name Johnstone in addition to his own. The sword was presumably presented following the success of the St George's Regiment in repulsing a French Republican invasion of Dominica in 1797. James Woolley & Co are recorded in Edmund Street, Birmingham between 1790-1797.