Presentation sword, Pocket watch, Portrait of Lt. Colonel Alexander Napier

Blade decorated with Highlander holding the sword, 1805.


Ormolu & gilt brass
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £19,500)
Acquired in:
Private collection

Sphinx and 'Egypt' are prominent on the hilt and scabbard. Blade is corroded on lower third. Pocket watch hallmarked 1772; the portrait engraving is contained in its original gilt frame, c. 1805. Pocket watch (movement: Thomas Reid, Edinburgh, Watch: Thomas Dobbie, Glasgow); Engraving, circa 1805: artist unknown.


Purchased by vendor as part of larger lot at Lawrence Fine Auctioneers, Taunton 2000 for £33,000. The items had come to the auction directly from the family.

Venue details

The Gordon Highlanders Museum St Luke's, Viewfield Road, ABERDEEN Aberdeenshire AB15 7XH 01224 311 200

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

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