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Swords Collection

"Swords: A Timeless Symbol of Power and Valor" From the iconic battle cries of "Scotland for Ever" to the heroic charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo

Background imageSwords Collection: Scotland for Ever; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815

Scotland for Ever; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815
Scotland for Ever ; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815. The attack by the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment on the French 45th infantry was immortalised in this famous painting

Background imageSwords Collection: Episode of the Battle of Pavia (1525), 1525-31 (tapestry)

Episode of the Battle of Pavia (1525), 1525-31 (tapestry)
7378237 Episode of the Battle of Pavia (1525), 1525-31 (tapestry) by Orley, Bernard van (c.1488-1541); Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Campania

Background imageSwords Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageSwords Collection: The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992

The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992
The evolving uniform of The Light Dragoons. From Left - 13th Light Dragoons 1790, 18th Light Dragoons 1810, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Marys Own) 1930, The Light Dragoons 1st December 1992

Background imageSwords Collection: The Staffordshire Regiment

The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales ) (or simply " Staffords" for short) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division

Background imageSwords Collection: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Portrait of Anglo-Irish soldier and future British prime minister Arthur Wellesley

Background imageSwords Collection: A Celtic Chieftainess (Boadicea), 1924. Creator: Herbert Norris

A Celtic Chieftainess (Boadicea), 1924. Creator: Herbert Norris
A Celtic Chieftainess (Boadicea), 1924. From " Costume & Fashion - The Evolution of European Dress Through the Earlier Ages", by Herbert Norris. [J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd, E. P

Background imageSwords Collection: King of Spades from a deck of Goodall & Son Ltd. playing cards, c1940

King of Spades from a deck of Goodall & Son Ltd. playing cards, c1940. [Goodall & Son Ltd. London, c1940]

Background imageSwords Collection: The Battle of San Romano, c1438, (1909). Artist: Paolo Uccello

The Battle of San Romano, c1438, (1909). Artist: Paolo Uccello
The Battle of San Romano, c1438, (1909). Painting held at The National Gallery, London. From The National Gallery, Vol. One [T. C. & E. C. Jack, London and Edinburgh, 1909]

Background imageSwords Collection: Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860)

Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860). Together with his uncle, Thomas Percy

Background imageSwords Collection: Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885

Background imageSwords Collection: Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)

Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)
Down to the Dregs, 1880, (c1902). Artist, John Seymour Lucas. A man in 17th century dress drains a tankard of beer. From The Nations Pictures

Background imageSwords Collection: The Capture Of Guy Fawkes, 1605, (c1850)

The Capture Of Guy Fawkes, 1605, (c1850). Fawkes was an English conspirator who attempted to blow up the houses of Parliament on November 5th

Background imageSwords Collection: The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner

The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner
The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. The Archangel Michael with flaming sword on Judgement Day. From Tate Britain, London

Background imageSwords Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageSwords Collection: Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Casimiro Tomba

Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Casimiro Tomba
Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Tomba, Casimiro (1857-1929). Found in the collection of the M. Kroshitsky Art Museum, Sevastopol

Background imageSwords Collection: Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year

Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year Ceremony Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSwords Collection: The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards

The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards
At the tercentenary parade of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor, the Queen turns to speak to Colonel Sir Thomas Butler, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment. Date: 1956

Background imageSwords Collection: Choosing The Red and White Roses in the Temple Garden, 1910. Creator: Henry Payne

Choosing The Red and White Roses in the Temple Garden, 1910. Creator: Henry Payne
Choosing The Red and White Roses in the Temple Garden, 1910

Background imageSwords Collection: Fitzwilliam Bewicke-Copley wedding

Fitzwilliam Bewicke-Copley wedding
Scene at the wedding of Lord Fitzwilliam (Major Hubert Francis Fitzwilliam Brabazon Foljambe) to the Hon Gladys Bewicke-Copley, with an archway of swords provided by the Royal Horse Guards

Background imageSwords Collection: Ancient Greek Battle

Ancient Greek Battle
ANCIENT GREECE The soldiers, some in chariots and some on foot, use spears and swords against their foe

Background imageSwords Collection: Tarot Card - As d Epee (Ace of Swords)

Tarot Card - As d Epee (Ace of Swords)

Background imageSwords Collection: 1857 Mutiny / Rebel Sepoys

1857 Mutiny / Rebel Sepoys
Rebel sepoys

Background imageSwords Collection: James Figg, Boxer

James Figg, Boxer
Generally regarded as the earliest of Prize Ring champions, Figg was also a expert in the use of swords, cudgels and quarterstaffs

Background imageSwords Collection: Two Japanese men, possibly samurai, full-length studio portr

Two Japanese men, possibly samurai, full-length studio portrait with backdrop, standing, one facing front and the other facing left, each with two swords. Date ca. 1877

Background imageSwords Collection: The Queen as Captain-General

The Queen as Captain-General
In her role as Captain-General of the Honourable Artillery Company, the Queen presents new colours to Lieutenant F.H.B Layfield, right (Queens Colour) and Lieutenant J.S. Teakle (Regimental Colour)

Background imageSwords Collection: The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. Artist: Gustave Dore

The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. Artist: Gustave Dore
The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. The Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms looks down from Heaven. From Gustave Dores Bible (Revelation 12:1)

Background imageSwords Collection: Catherine II of Russia in Life Guard Uniform on the horse Brillante, 1782

Catherine II of Russia in Life Guard Uniform on the horse Brillante, 1782. Creator: Vigilius Erichsen
Catherine II of Russia in Life Guard Uniform on the horse Brillante, 1782. Equestrian portrait of Catherine the Great in the uniform of the Preobrazhensky Regiment

Background imageSwords Collection: An Englishman in Moscow, 1913-1914. Artist: Kazimir Malevich

An Englishman in Moscow, 1913-1914. Artist: Kazimir Malevich
An Englishman in Moscow, 1913-1914. Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (February 23, 1878 - May 15, 1935) was a painter and art theoretician

Background imageSwords Collection: The Fall of Constantinople, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)

The Fall of Constantinople, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)
IL322142 The Fall of Constantinople, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho) by Dudley, Robert Ambrose (1867-1951); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSwords Collection: Dhumavati / Matangi, 1885-90. Creator: Unknown

Dhumavati / Matangi, 1885-90. Creator: Unknown
Dhumavati/ Matangi, 1885-90

Background imageSwords Collection: Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure

Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure of Dorak c.3000 BC - report of the finds from the excavations by James Mellaart, Assistant Director

Background imageSwords Collection: Arthur Draws the Sword from the Stone, 1911. Artist: Walter Crane

Arthur Draws the Sword from the Stone, 1911. Artist: Walter Crane
Arthur Draws the Sword form the Stone, 1911. The young Arthur pulls the sword from the stone to become King of England. Frontispiece of Stories of the Knights of the Round Table by Henry Gilbert

Background imageSwords Collection: The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912, (1914). Artist: Edward Reginald Frampton

The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912, (1914). Artist: Edward Reginald Frampton
The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912. This painting depicts the imminent arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland in AD 430. After an original work by Edward Reginald Frampton (1870-1923)

Background imageSwords Collection: Advertisement, James Figg, sword fighting, boxing

Advertisement, James Figg, sword fighting, boxing
Advertisement for the services of the champion boxer James Figg - teaching gentlemen the use of the small backsword and quarterstaff, at home and abroad

Background imageSwords Collection: The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). Artist: TS Crowther

The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). Artist: TS Crowther
The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). A print from a supplement of The Army and Navy Gazette, (London)

Background imageSwords Collection: Mohammed Nadir Shah - King of Afghanistan with his Brother

Mohammed Nadir Shah - King of Afghanistan with his Brother
Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883-1933) (second from right) - King of Afghanistan between 1923-1933 with his Brother and two other Officers. Date: circa 1924

Background imageSwords Collection: Officer, 1st Royal Regiment of Dragoons

Officer, 1st Royal Regiment of Dragoons
An officer of the First or Royal Regiment of Dragoons in uniform. He is mounted and carrying a sword. The plate is entitled Advancing to the Charge

Background imageSwords Collection: The Crown Regalia - 1953 Coronation

The Crown Regalia - 1953 Coronation
Illustrations of the Crown Regalia, along with descriptions of their individual roles in the Coronation ceremony. Includes the Crown of St

Background imageSwords Collection: Tunisia - Arab Bazaar

Tunisia - Arab Bazaar
Tunisia - an Arab dealer sitting in his shop, surrounded by his wares (pretty much everything you can imagine) including drapes, rugs, pots, a stuffed baby crocodile, swords, guns

Background imageSwords Collection: Lord Kitchener reviewing Indian Troops - WWI

Lord Kitchener reviewing Indian Troops - WWI
Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, (1850 - 1916), a British Field Marshal, diplomat and statesman, reviewing Indian troops - World War one era

Background imageSwords Collection: Swords, Daggers, Maces

Swords, Daggers, Maces
Assorted weapons: epees, short swords, daggers, maces, sabre, scimitar, cudgel and axe

Background imageSwords Collection: Prince Henry, Hotspur and Falstaff (Shakespeare, King Henry

Prince Henry, Hotspur and Falstaff (Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, Scene 4), first published 1796; reissued 1852

Background imageSwords Collection: The Cape Town Highlanders, 1900. Creator: JE Bruton

The Cape Town Highlanders, 1900. Creator: JE Bruton
The Cape Town Highlanders, 1900. The Cape Town Highlanders infantry regiment of the South African Army was mobilised for active duty during the Second Boer War

Background imageSwords Collection: The Night Charge of the 19th Hussars Near Lydenberg on Nov. 7th 1900, 1901. Creator

The Night Charge of the 19th Hussars Near Lydenberg on Nov. 7th 1900, 1901. Creator
The Night Charge of the 19th Hussars Near Lydenberg on Nov. 7th 1900, 1901. From " South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. VI", by Louis Creswicke. [T. C. & E. C. Jack, Edinburgh, 1901]

Background imageSwords Collection: Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. Artist: John Henry Frederick Bacon

Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. Artist: John Henry Frederick Bacon
Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. A print from Hero Myths and Legends of the British Race by MI Ebbutt, 1910

Background imageSwords Collection: Isandhlwana: The Dash with the Colours, 1879, (c1880)

Isandhlwana: The Dash with the Colours, 1879, (c1880). Episode of the Anglo-Zulu Wars (1879-1896). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. IV, by James Grant

Background imageSwords Collection: Soldiers of the Tudor Period, c16th century, (1903)

Soldiers of the Tudor Period, c16th century, (1903). From Social England, Volume III, edited by H.D. Traill, D.C.L. and J. S. Mann, M.A



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"Swords: A Timeless Symbol of Power and Valor" From the iconic battle cries of "Scotland for Ever" to the heroic charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, they have played a pivotal role in shaping history. Whether it was The Light Dragoons from 1790 to 1992 or the gallant warriors donning Ancient Roman costumes, these blades were more than mere weapons – they represented honor and courage. The Staffordshire Regiment, known for their unwavering loyalty, carried swords that embodied their indomitable spirit. And in Down to the Dregs, an artwork capturing life in 1880s England, we catch a glimpse of how they were an integral part of society's fabric. In Paolo Uccello's masterpiece depicting The Battle of San Romano from c1438, we witness the sheer artistry behind wielding a sword amidst chaos. JMW Turner's painting titled The Angel Standing in the Sun showcases not only his mastery but also highlights how swords could be seen as divine instruments. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice reminds us that these blades held both power and danger. Arthur Wellesley, better known as Duke of Wellington, exemplified this duality during his leadership from 1814-1815. Herbert Norris' portrayal of Boadicea portrays a Celtic Chieftainess with her sword raised high – symbolizing resistance against oppression. Even playing cards like Goodall & Son Ltd. 's King of Spades recognized the regality associated with these weapons. Lastly, John Pettie's artwork called The Vigil captures a moment frozen in time where soldiers stand guard with swords drawn – ready to defend what they hold dear. Through centuries and across cultures, they have remained steadfast symbols embodying strength and bravery. These timeless artifacts continue to captivate our imagination while reminding us that sometimes it takes more than words alone to shape the course of history.