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Scabbard for Admiral Phillip Parker King's sword

Date: c 1830
Overall: 32 x 803 x 15 mm, 165 g
Medium: Leather, gilt
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Scabbard
Object No: 00044377

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    Admiral Phillip Parker King was a respected naval officer and early surveyor of Australia's coastline. This polished black leather scabbard is associated with his sword and formed part of his naval uniform.
    SignificanceThis sword and its scabbard are associated with Phillip Parker King, one of Australia's most important early surveyors.
    HistoryAdmiral Phillip Parker King (1793-1856), naval officer and early surveyor of the Australian coast was born on Norfolk Island in 1793, the son of Philip Gidley King. He was educated in England and joined the Royal Navy in 1807 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1814. Between 1817 and 1822 in HMS MERMAID and HMS BATHURST he made four trips surveying and charting areas of the Australian coast line that had not previously been charted by Matthew Flinders. He later published some of his findings in 'Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia', 1824. After being promoted to Commander he spent five years surveying the southern coasts of South America in charge of the vessels HMS ADVENTURE and HMS BEAGLE. In later life he held the position of Commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company. Shortly before his death in 1856 he was appointed Rear Admiral on the retired list.

    Phillip Parker King is remembered as the first Australian-born member of the Royal Navy to achieve officer rank. He was an influential figure in the early colonial development of Australia and lived at his estate Grantham at Milson's Point, Sydney. His funeral was a major event in Sydney in 1856 and was recorded in a painting by Conrad Martens, now held by the State Library of NSW.

    The swordmaker (cutler) John Salter operated from 35 The Strand, London from 1801 to 1824, and then moved to 73 The Strand. In 1835 the business was taken over and then operated as Windowson & Veale.
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    Assigned title: Scabbard for Admiral Phillip Parker King's sword

    Web title: Scabbard for Admiral Phillip Parker King's sword

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    Manufacturer: Salter

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