For sale, an East India Company naval sword with good provenance and fascinating history. It belonged originally to Captain Samuel Congalton (1796-1850) who was employed by the East India Company for almost 29 years, and who did much to combat piracy in the waters of the Straits Settlements. Born in Leith on 23 March 1796, Congalton ran away from home in a collier but was found by his brother and brought home. He then became a gunner on a ship bound for Calcutta. He went on from there to Penang and became widely known as Captain Congalton. He became master of the paddle steamer 'Diana' an armed cruiser, when it was bought for use by Singapore in 1837. He died uarried in Penang in April 1850. The sword is 38 inches long with 32 and 7/8 inch blade, brass guard with the HEIC naval device on the arm of the guard, with an S (presumably for Singapore) in the middle and laurel branches on the bottom. It is in good well used condition with the blade having light pits and a dark colouring. With various chinks out of the edge through use. It was given to the Captains brother when he died and has been passed through his family. Includes a letter of provenance from Congalton's 3x great nephew, and copy documentation relating to the Diana.