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Gill

Postby Christopher Scott » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:19 am

Hello all,

A bit of a hiatus since my last post...

My question is this: I know that Gill was largely responsible for the motto "Warranted Never to Fail" used as his trademark/slogan, latterly usurped and used by many of his competitors. However, I recently saw an early Gill, which instead uses the motto "Unparalleled" Have you encountered any other sword marked in this way?

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Re: Gill

Postby Richard » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:18 pm

Chris
Yes, I had a 1788 HC Officer sword with that motto and I also know of another in a reference book. I’ll post details when I get back home on Tuesday
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Re: Gill

Postby Christopher Scott » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:13 am

Thanks Richard, that would be much appreciated.

I now know of two that feature that motto under a garter star as mine does. An example sold at Bonhams postulates that it may be a regimental motto, did you get that feeling from the example you owned?

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Re: Gill

Postby sword335 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:00 am

Hi Chris,
Is your sword also a 1788 H/C ? Any chance of a photo ?

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Re: Gill

Postby Richard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:52 am

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Below is the 1788 HC officer's sword I used to have a few years ago. The blade has 'Gill's English Manufacture' on the left ricasso and 'Unparallel'd' just above the ricasso on both sides. It also has 'WARRANTED NEVER TO FAIL 1792' along the back edge.

A very similar example with the same markings is illustrated in 'Swords & Daggers' by Frederick Wilkinson, plates 99-101 [Ward Lock & Co. 1967] except this one has 'Warranted to Cut Iron APL 1788

I did consider whether 'Unparalleled' might be a regimental motto but it doesn't fit with any known at that time so I am inclined to think it is Gill claiming that his products are unparalleled.

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Re: Gill

Postby sword335 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:19 am

Richard,
This appears to be the same sword that Bonhams sold on 25th.July 2007. Saying “Unparralleled” and “Warrented never to fail” sounded a bit like overkill to me which I speculated that it might be a motto. However, like you, I couldn’t find anything that fitted.

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Re: Gill

Postby Christopher Scott » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:32 pm

Many thanks indeed Richard,

Unfortunately for some reason I cannot view your photos. If you still have my email address would you be kind enough to send them to me?

I gave the sword a good examination and could not see any markings on the spine. The marking was "Gill" two/three inches above the ricasso on the right, with "unparalleled" on both sides below a garter star, with GR above.

The absence of a "Warranted" marking led me to think that the "Unparalleled" was an earlier trade mark.

Attached is the only image I have for the moment, more to follow.

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Re: Gill

Postby Richard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:50 pm

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That may be because they are TIF images. I have converted to JPEGs and attach again.

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Re: Gill

Postby Christopher Scott » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:52 pm

Received bright and clear Richard, thank you.

Very similar indeed, except my example lacks the definable ricasso of your fine piece.

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