Ceremonial sword presented to Charles Austen

Ceremonial sword

Presented by General Simon Bolivar, liberator of his country.

This sword was presented to Charles Austen, youngest brother of Jane Austen, by Simon Bolivar. The inscription reads:

“Presented to Charles John Austen R.N. commanding HMS Aurora at the city of Caracas 1st March 1827 by General Simon Bolivar the liberator of his country as a mark of esteem’.

This unique and beautiful item was probably presented to Charles, the senior naval officer at Caracas, as a token of gratitude for Britain’s continuing support for Bolivar’s political ambitions.

Quick Facts

  • Made in South America
  • Made of brass, ivory and steel.
  • Sword presented on 1 March 1827
  • Sword presented by Simon Bolivar
  • Sword presented in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Sword presented to Charles John Austen R.N.


  • Simon Bolivar played a key role in South America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire in the early 19th Century, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.

Did you know?

Two of Jane Austen’s brothers had illustrious careers in the Royal Navy. Charles died on active service in his 70s, and brother Francis became Admiral of the Fleet in his 90s.


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