This sword was presented to Robert Torrens to commemorate the defence of the island of Anholt in 1811.
Presentation sword by Henry Tatham, 1811
- Length: 79 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £25,170 ( Total: £27,170)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Private collection since 2002.