The origin of our brand is perhaps easier to track than its early appearances.
It is listed in the Constitution of India in the Seventh Schedule as a Union List subject, meaning it can only be legislated by the Central government.
This unique collection dating from 1818, accumulated by the Irish administration at Dublin Castle, constitutes one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
I also authored historical and contextual essays for the collection's website.
The KONGSBERG crown is one of the world's most enduring brand logos, having existed without significant modification since the early 19th century.
Its very first appearance is unknown, but some cutlasses dating back to the years 1818 to 1820 carry the 'crowned K', although this appears to have been inconsistent, with other swords and contemporary guns either having no branding, or the stamp 'Kongsberg VF'.