Firmin & Sons
Production date
Circa 1901
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Object detail

Dress sword which belonged to David Mickle Jack who was the model for the Boer War memorial in Thames Street.

A = Leather and metal sheath. Very good condition. Metal at bottom as well as around neck

B = Sword. Pattern on sword has a sunburst and a crown as well as ER vii. Hand guard also has crown and ERvii.

"David Jack was born in Oamaru in 1878. He learned to ride at a very early age and became an expert horseman before leaving for the Boer War". "Jack was also chosen, among others, to represent New Zealand at the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. He died in Auckland in 1963 aged 85. David Jack's photograph was sent to Italy where the statue was carved. Mr Jack does not really know why his grandfather was chosen for the statue, but guesses it may have been because of his height, which was six foot three inches (1.9m). (Oamaru Mail 8-2-06)
Production place
Production date
Circa 1901
Production period
Collection type
Metal and leather
Sword: H 130mm x W 980mm x D 110mm (Measured as in first photograph, laying down with hand guard up)
Scabbard: H 41mm x W 841mm x D 24mm
Accession number
System ID
Current Rights
Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Organisation Credit Line
Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 1625


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