Saxon style of about 1580, 99” length, honoring John Graham Peel, with three line inscription JOHN G PEEL / HIGH SHERIFF / OF CHESHIRE 1922-3 to the socket. The head finely decorated with panels of scrolling foliage both sides. The axe bit with large coat of arms of the Peel family featuring a bee over three arrow clusters. Lovely large tassel and fine faceted oak haft. John Graham Peel is duly recorded as High Sheriff of Cheshire as indicated. By the 20th century, the office off High Sheriff was largely symbolic. Appointed by the Crown for one year, they no longer have an official law enforcement authority but serve to promote the interests of the King and law enforcement. By esteemed maker, Wilkinson Sword (so marked) to the highest standard and a lovely display piece with a provenance to a distinguished individual.