1800 British Naval Officer's Sabre (Sold)
Very early 1800's (pre-Traflagar), ivory hilted British naval
officer's sabre with scabbard.
A very good 1800's pattern British navy officer's sword with the
supplier's name "Booth & Palmer, Chatham", John Booth
was a renowned sword cutler and silversmith who made swords for
senior naval officers in Chatham during 1800. I deduce Booth &
Palmer must have come during or shortly after 1800 but before 1805
when the new sword pattern was introduced; this sword therefore
of course pre-dates Trafalgar by just a few years raising the prospect
it could well have seen that famous battle.
The curved fullered blade is 28.5" long and etched (worn)
with sea monsters, trophies and scrolls, while the hilt of ivory
(small crack at top) and beautiful gilt fouled anchor set against
the gilt and leather scabbard is truly impressive; the sword is
likely to have been re-gilted at some stage in its active life.
The sword is in generally good condition with no looseness; the
scabbard's leather is generally good order and I believe it to be
original but can not be 100% sure. Further pictures available upon