The Military Sale - A Fresh Format 2012 saw three major players in the UK fine art and collectibles industry (Apex, Baldwin’s and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions) combine to create the UK’s newest ‘top 5’ generalist auctioneer under th
father by A.J. Secretan, detailed genealogical research, copied pages from the NMP enlistment book, and a quantity of other useful research.
Lot 153 A Pair of Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistols For Presentation to a Potentate, Signed Perry, with slightly swamped three-stage barrels, bearing proof marks at the breech, rounded stepped locks, border engraved with flowers, the pans each with raised lips, engraved iron cocks (one broken and missing) and pan covers, walnut full-stocks, profusely inlaid with silver wire scrollwork and engraved silver flower-heads, the side-plates cast in relief with trophies of war, the back of each butt inlaid with a cast silver cartouche, chased with flowers and foliage, spurred pommels with oval pommel caps, lacking ram rods, in later velvet lined fitted case.
Lot 160 Sir George Prévost 1st Baronet (19 May 1767 -5 January 1816) - A Fine Georgian Officer’s Sabre by Hawkes Mosely & Co. of Piccadilly, London, the 74cm, cur ved blade, finely etched along its entire length with crowned GR cypher, royal arms, the figure of Britannia, stands of arms and foliage, gilt stirrup hilt, the knuckle guard and langets, deeply cast with oak leaves, with lion-head pommel, and chequered ivory grip, in its black leather scabbard with ornate gilt mounts, engraved with stands of arms and foliage, the locket bearing the maker’s name, the suspension rings in the form of climbing snakes.
George Prévost was born on 19 May 1767, in the Province of New Jersey. His father was Augustin Prévost, a French-speaking Swiss Protestant, and a lieutenant-colonel in the British Army. His mother was Nanette (Ann) Grand. George Prévost was educated at schools in England and in the North American continent.
On 3 May 1779, Prévost was commissioned at the age of eleven, as an ensign in the 60th Regiment of Foot, in which his father was a senior officer. In 1782, he transferred to the 47th Regiment of Foot, as a lieutenant, followed in 1784 by a move to the
25th Regiment of Foot as a captain. He then returned to the 60th Foot on 18 November 1790 with the rank of major, at the age of 23. Prévost’s maternal grandfather was a wealthy banker in Amsterdam, and his money is considered to have certainly been responsible for his grandson’s quick advancement up the chain of command in the British Army, as promotion could then be obtained “by purchase”.
While serving in the 60th, Prévost was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 6 August 1794. He was stationed in St Vincent from 1794-1795. During fighting on 20 January 1796, he was wounded twice, and he returned to England shortly after, where he was appointed to become an inspecting field officer. On 1 January 1798, Prévost became a colonel, and on 8 March he became a brigadier- general, at the age of 30. In May he was appointed to be the lieutenant governor of St Lucia, where his fluency in French and conciliatory administration won him the respect of the French planters living