A one of a kind (or bespoke) sword produced for an officer of noble lineage. The gilt hilt employs the four slot form guard with wavy outer bars and edges to the inner member. The pommel is a lion head of somewhat subdued attitude. The grip is one piece ivory with three concave oval escutcheons each side. Virtually all the original heavy gold overlay remains and the ivory is nicely toned with a few small checks as always encountered. The 28 3/4" blade is curved and broad fullered as found on infantry swords rather than the usual slender broad and narrow fullered type. Both sides bear identical armorial displays. The arms present an intriguing riddle with the triple lions passant of the King of England left, the rampant lion right over the triple crowns of St. Edmund. Saint Edmund, 9th century martyred King of England was the Catholic patron saint of England. He was replaced in the Middle Ages by St. George who is associated with the Order of the Garter, but remains worshiped in Catholic East Anglia. The rampant lion, right, is the symbol of the Order of the Garter. Below, a castle keep tops a hanging fleece. In the late Middle ages and on, the wool industry dominated the English economy. The vast wealth accumulated by some merchants, particularly if expended in pursuance of the King's ambitions, was sufficient to allow entry into the noble class. Above the arms are typical "Turkish" flourishes and below, VIVAT (life).