I met Robert Pooley when I was Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and we immediately hit it off. When he came into our house, he was horrified at the state of my telescope, presented to me by The Queen in 1966! He took it away and refurbished it back to its pristine state and at the same time asked my wife and I to visit Pooley Swords in Shoreham-on-Sea and to bring my sword. We went and were so impressed by the quality of the work, the dedication of the team, the pride in all they do and the old-fashioned commitment to excellence. This all comes from Robert’s enthusiasm and knowledge of all things to do with the swords of the many nations that his company supplies, as well as all the armed forces of UK. When I arrived in Robert’s office, he took one look at my sword and said you have the wrong scabbard. I replied I got it from Gieves in 1968. “You are an admiral now; you should have and admiral’s scabbard and your sword needs some work doing on it!” I had no idea there was an admiral’s scabbard but was very happy to be given a new correct one. My sword was later returned looking immaculate, re-gilded, cleaned and in its new scabbard.
Pooley’s Swords is a very special company that does everything to perfection and represents the skills and craftmanship that can be found today but is far from common. Robert is a very special person who instils the best values of British Industry in his people and relates so well to all his customers from whatever nation. I commend both Robert Pooley and Pooley’s Swords most highly. What a perfect combination!
Admiral Sir James Perowne
My Trinity House sword was refurbished by Pooley Swords and frankly transformed. The workmanship and skilled treatment was second to none and the final result is simply magnificent. It will look splendid on parade and will be a lasting momento for the next generation.
Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG HonFRSE PC
Secretary of State for Defence 1997-99
10th Secretary General of NATO 1999-2003
I would just like to convey my sincere thanks you and appreciation for the advice and work that you collectively provided in delivering to me an outstanding product. Your advice and support in assisting me to decide upon relevant etching and aesthetically important aspects of the design was professional, informed and ultimately on the money. The end result was a superb sword of which I could not have been happier with. As my wife put it, I had a smile on my face for the whole drive back to London - and then some! Once again, thank you all so much for your support, outstanding workmanship and just as importantly, the professional conduct and obvious passion displayed by Robert and your team for your organisation and your product.
Australian Defence Staff
There are not enough words that can truly convey the privilege it is to own a Pooley Sword. When I received my Cavalry Sabre, it took my breath away as I just stared at it for what seemed to be an eternity. The precision, the craftsmanship, the passion and love that has gone into it is not something you can appreciate until you see one with your own eyes, a still photograph will never be able to give it justice.
It is more than just a Sabre, for me and my family, it is an heirloom, an incredible piece of history that will be passed down from generation to generation. History is made not just from deeds and acts alone, but of incredible artefacts such as Swords and Sabres as this one, that I am proud to own.
A Pooley Sword is not just metal forged into an object, it is a symbol of family, fervour, love and eternal perfection. There is no equal to a Pooley Sword, anywhere, in the globe.
Andrew Remin, OAM, CSM
Warrant Officer Class One
The MacRobert Trust has had the pleasure of working with Robert, Jane and the Pooley team for nearly 10 years now and on the many occasions each year that we work together, they have always gone out of their way to be sure that we are getting exactly what we want, when we want it - to the highest of standards and quality; even when our requirement changes at short notice. All this on top of the invaluable help and advice that they readily give us, on a whole series of related issues, that has made the awards that we present - particularly the etched MacRobert Swords, presented to Reservists - the sought after reward for exemplary performance that we strive for them to be. I would recommend Pooleys to anyone and I hope that our relationship with them will continue way into the future.
Rear Admiral Chris Hockley CBE, DL
Chief Executive Officer
The MacRobert Trust
I’ve received my sword. It is amazing! It is everything I expected and more. The artisanship is of the highest quality and the detail is exquisite. I really appreciate your time and professionalism.
Insp. P. Bernard
I just wanted to update you that the sword arrived by DPD. Thankfully we were at home. I am absolutely delighted with the results of your restoration work - the sword looks amazing! Thank you so much for all your assistance with this matter; I really couldn't be happier. With every good wish to you and all your team.
Delivery was spot on. He followed the instructions to the letter, and thank you for contacting the courier, much appreciated. What a superb job you have done with sword. I am absolutely delighted and my Grandfather would have been very proud. It is good for another hundred years now in the family. Thank you so much. It is far better than I ever expected and I can’t wait to show my Daughter.
Just opened the sword today and it looks fantastic, many thanks to Pooley’s for a fantastic job.
To all at Pooley Sword, I would just like to send a big thank you to you all. My son received his sword last week, at Sandhurst and we are all delighted with it. The craftsmanship used to create this piece was exceptional and I am sure my son will treasure his graduation present forever. Thank you for all your help regarding the purchase.
Dear Pooley Sword, I received my sword yesterday and it is perhaps the most beautiful item I have ever seen. The attention to detail and exquisite design are unparalleled. It will be an incredible honour to graduate from OCS(NZ) carrying this sword. I look forward to recommending Pooley Sword to officers of the NZ Army
My Grandfather's sword was received this morning. It is absolutely beautiful. I am delighted. Please pass on my sincere thanks to your Master Cutler. It is wonderful and treasured.
The sword was delivered today, it is simply stunning. The skill it takes to create such a beautiful item is amazing. Thank you for all the communication and advice over last few months, my Son will be delighted with it as am I.
I wanted to email you and say a huge ‘thank you’ for my sword which I saw for the first time today. Pooley Swords have exceeded all my expectations and I cannot thank everyone enough. Please convey my thanks to the whole team there. A fantastic job!
At the risk of sounding patronising can I just say how lovely it is to deal with such a polite and prompt company! It's like a breath of fresh air compared to the majority of companies I deal with! Thank you
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