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1827 Pattern British Victorian Naval Officer’s Sword (sold)

A post-1845 pre-1880 Victorian British naval officer's 1827 pattern sword in good condition; possibly originally belonged to a Jewish officer.

Circa 1850 Victorian British Naval Officer's SwordCirca 1850 Victorian British Naval Officer's Sword by Woolf

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The distinctly curved post-1845 blade and folding guard without a locking pin indicates this sword was made before 1880, I suspect around 1850. The top locket of the scabbard shows the name "Woolf & Co, No 45 Old Bond Street, London" (Also marked to Woolf Old Bond Street on the blade's ricasso). Benjamin Woolf was the decendant of a Jewish family who emigrated to Britain from central Europe. In 1830 he acquired the lease to 45 Old Bond Street when, in that year, Jews were finally allowed to operate regular businesses in England. The firm is not noted in the "bible" of sword cutlers and retailers possibly for this reason. Which raises the prospect the original owner of this sword was therefore also likely Jewish.

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It is rare to find such an early Victorian naval officer's sword in such good condition; the blade has some patina but is good overall, the guard retains must gilt. The fishskin grip is in good order, some ring bindings a little loose. The scabbard is complete; some age / weakness / kink to the leather. Further pictures available upon request.

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