|Title:||English Court Sword (E. Thurkle Soho, London)|
|Description:||This is an English Court Sword made by E. Thurkle in Soho, London.|
|Condition:||The sword is in excellent condition, the only imperfection I can see would be the sheath and the tip of the sword. The sheath is made of leather and is worn as can be seen from the pictures. The tip of the sword is slightly bent, but not noticeable from the pictures.|
|Origin:||The sword was given to me by my mother and given to her by a family friend.|
|Provenance:||I don't believe this item has ever been in an auction before and I don't know of any famous persons previously owning this sword.|
|Appraised By:||Will Gorges|
|Appraiser Comments:||Edward Thurkle was born in 1833 in Surrey County, England, and died in 1895. His occupation was listed as a swordsmith. In 1876, he moved his business to 5 Denmark St. in Soho from Holborn. He had a son also named Edward who continued the business. Based on the location, your sword was manufactured between 1876 and 1889 when the business name changed to E. Thurkle and Son. The sword is classified as a smallsword of dress or ceremonial grade and the cut steel was made to enhance the hilt into the appearance of encrusted diamonds. Swords such as this are also called court swords and are relatively common.|
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