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不列颠步兵军官剑

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a late Victorian Infantry Officers sword complete with owners initials and family coat of arms. Major Raymond Beechey Hopkins OBE – Royal Sussex and Manchester Regiments. Canadian connections. With extensive documentation.

82cm (32.5”) straight dumbbell shaped blade rounded on the back and edge with a deep central fuller and spear point – blade double edged for the last 43 cm (17”) – unsharpened. The blade is heavily decorated on one side with the crowned royal cipher for Victoria and scrolling foliage, the owners initials RBH, and on the other with the royal coat of arms and the owners Coat of Arms (See details below). There is a brass proof disc. The back of the blade is numbered M4190

Plated steel three-quarter basket hilt with a scroll pattern and pierced strap work incorporating a crown and the royal cipher of Victoria. Fishskin grip with silver wire.

Maker: Robt. Mole & Son Birmingham – maker to the War and India Offices (Robert Mole traded from 24-34 Granville Street, Birmingham between 1895 - 1926)

Dated: February 1899

Plated steel scabbard with two loose rings. (The plated scabbard was abandoned except for dress wear in 1899)

The sword and scabbard are in good condition for their age. The blade has some old rust marks but no pitting, the etching remains very clear. The guard has some wear to the plating both on the face and inside the guard. The hilt is firm on the tang and the fishskin grip and wire binding as new. The scabbard has some damage to the plating but is overall in good condition.

Major Raymond Beechey Hopkins was born on the 6 April 1879, the son of Edward Martin Hopkins who was an explorer and Secretary to the Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company and later a Chief Factor at the Montreal Office, and his second wife Frances Anne Beechey who became a famous painter ofCanadian scenes and exhibited at the RA.

Raymond Hopkins initially joined The Royal Sussex Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 11 February 1899 when this sword dates from, and he saw service and extensive action with them in South Africa between 1899-1900, being promoted to Lieutenant on 12 March 1900 and then to Captain on 10 October 1900. He was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with at least 4 clasps.

By 1901 he had transferred as a Captain to the Manchester Regiment, In March 1909 he married Ciel Cecilia Legarde, sailing for South Africa later that month, in April 1909 he was seconded for ‘special employment’ in South Africa. In 1912 he briefly returned to the Regiment before returning to South Africa(Kenya) in 1912. He was officially retired from the Army in March 1914.

On the outbreak of WW1 he rejoined the army and saw service with The East African Volunteer Forces as a Major and subsequently as an acting Lieutenant Colonel in the Censorship Department. He was awarded the 1915 Star and British War and Victory Medals. In addition he was made an OBE, and awarded the Legion d’Honneur Croix de Chevalier, and made an Officer of the Crown of Italy for his services during WW1 in East Africa. He died at Eldama Ravine, Kenya on the 23 May 1925 of Malaria.

The Crests and Coat of Arms relate to the Hopkins and Beechey Families.

Documentation:

  • 6 x Medal records

  • 3 x Gazette entries

  • 2 x Harts Army Lists – Manchester Regiment

  • 1 x Service record in the Boer War

  • Baptismal, Marriage and Death records

  • 3 x Census records

  • 2 x Outward Passenger Lists

His Official Army record is held at the National Archives in Kew


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