1827 Pattern George 5th Royal Naval Officer's
A scarce George 5th royal cypher 1827 pattern Royal Navy officer's
Unlike most George 5th Royal Navy swords, this one has the Royal
Cypher of George 5th on the blade; before Edward 8th, it was not
required to have the current monarch's royal cypher on the blade,
only the Royal British Coat of Arms. So this is a scarce sword to
say to least.
Made by Gieves, the 31.5 inch blade is clean, the etching a little
feint (from having been over-cleaned) with a little evidence of
rust patching, but not much. As well as fouled anchor, the blade
bears the royal cypher of George 5th and is form in the hilt. The
hilt is in very good condition; a good cleaning with a toothbrush
and some oil would move the slight copper oxide bluing. The white
fishskin grip is in good order but with some marks, the twisted
grip wire bindings in good order too. The leather and gilt fittings
scabbard a little aged but very sound and in good aesthetic shape.
The sword sheathes well and the folding section of the hilt locks
onto the retaining pin of the scabbard as it should. The folding
guard is marked to the original owner, W H I Bowater RN. Included
is its original sword knot which is in much better condition than
most I see. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
My item reference number is 587.