1805 Pattern British Senior Officer's Pipeback
Naval Sword (sold)
A senior British Royal Navy officer's sword datable from 1824
A very scarce pipe-backed 1805 pattern Royal naval officer's sword
with scabbard; this sword is well built and clearly was intended
to be used if necessary. Marked to Fiske (late Read) Portsmouth,
this means the sword was made between 1824 and 1827. With the ivory
grip, the original owner would have been a senior officer.
The impressive 32 1/4 inch blade with unusual ricasso is showing
the signs of age, with some rust pitting. The blade is firm in the
hilt. The ivory grip has a couple of small chips missing and minor
cracking. The twisted grip wire bindings are good but some small
strands are a little astray. The leather scabbard is well aged and
the leather broken in two half way along, plus other areas are creased.
The mounts are all present though the suspension rings and frog
button are missing. Nonetheless, this is a rare, evocative and satisfying
Further / large images available upon request. Our item reference
number 638 (265).