Presentation sword by Henry Tatham

This sword was presented to Robert Torrens to commemorate the defence of the island of Anholt in 1811.

Details

Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
Length: 79 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,170 ( Total: £27,170)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
Thomas Del Mar Auctioneers

The decoration depicts nautical themes including Hercules illustrated on the silver inlaid grip. The Royal Marines captured the Danish island of Anholt in 1809 to use as a strategic island to protect trade in the Baltic. The Danish tried to recapture the island in 1811 and the Royal Marine Garrison, under Captain Robert Torrens, managed to repel the attack with heavy losses. This work adds significantly to an existing group of material relating to Torrens in the museum.

Provenance

Private collection since 2002.

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