Renowned antique sword collection set for Bonhams auction

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Renowned antique sword collection set for Bonhams auction

17 Jul 2012, 10:06 GMT+01

A remarkable collection of antique swords regarded as one of the world’s finest will head to auction at Bonhams on July 31.

The Oxford sale will offer 150 blades from the collection of Gary Bates, a respected Canadian militaria collector whose passion for historic swords began in the 1960s. The weapons range from Georgian and Victorian swords to later examples, and are expected to sell for in the region of £160,000.

Major highlights from the sale will include a Georgian Agate Hilted Mameluke presentation sabre, formerly owned by the British Prime Minister Lord Grenville.

This sabre, made by Salter & Co, features the crest of William-Whyndham Grenville, 1st and last Lord Grenville of Wooton-under-Burnwood, Bucks. 1759 -1834. Grenville held the position of Major, and later Lieutenant Colonel, of the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry and served as the British P5rime Minister from 1806 – 1807.

The sabre is expected to sell for £2,500 - £3,500.

Several other fine presentation swords will also be offered, most notably an 1831 presentation sabre valued at £12,000 - £15,000, an 1861 Rifle Officer's presentation sword valued at £4,000 - £6,000 and an 1863 Silver Gilt Mounted presentation sword of the 4th East York Artillery Volunteers valued at £4,000 - £6,000.

Other top lots will include a Georgian Cavalry Officer's Back Sword (£4,000 - £5,000), a Georgian Naval Officer's Sabre (£2,000 - £3,000) and a 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's Sabre (£2,000 - £3,000).
The second part of Bates’ sword collection will be sold by Bonhams on December 5, 2012.

In addition to antique blades, the sale on July 31 will also feature a wealth of military memorabilia such as firearms, helmets, uniforms, epaulettes and sabretaches.

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