Highland Officer's Broadsword Attributed to Sir John Millais with Documents and Books by Millais

 33" spearpoint blade with double 20" median fullers, 1.25" wide at ricasso.  Full basket guard with short wristguard, pierced throughout in traditional form with panels of hearts.  Basket lined with leather-backed red wool and maroon tassel.  Reverse of blade etched throughout with regimental battle honors up to Tel-El-Kabir.  Obverse etched with foliate motifs including Scottish thistles along with Victorian royal cypher, Seaforth Highlander's regimental motto "Cuidich N' Righ", Queen crown surmounted by a sunburst, and regimental title.  Obverse ricasso shows Old Bond Street address of Hill Brothers.  Includes steel scabbard.

Lot further includes Volume I and Volume II of The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais by J. G Millais and Far Away Up the Nile by J.G. Millais 

 Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) was a noted British painter who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters and President of the Royal Academy. His son was John Guille Millais (1865-1931) who was a hunter, naturalist, wildlife artist and was a biographer for his father for the two books presented in this lot. Far Away Up The Nile was a record of big game shooting that was published in 1924. He wrote many other book on sport and natural history especially one of noted hunter F.C. Selous in 1918.

John Guille Millais joined the First Seaforth Highlanders in 1886 and retired in 1892. He rejoined military life in the Great War as  a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves and had a position in Norway.    


Blade is mostly bright with some minor scattered oxidation.  Etchings are in good condition and are quite legible.  Guard shows an attractive even patination with some loss of wool and wear to leather showing on basket liner.  A very attractive sword.

Estimate: $750 - $1,000
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