Circa 1740 British Navy Officer's Sword /
In good condition, a 1740-1745 period British naval officer's
A scarce example of a British naval officer's hanger / sword from
around 1740. The multi-ringed and coloured wood grip typical of
the mid 18th Century. The British Lion fighting and getting the
upper hand (as you can tell by his poise) with a massive serpent
in the reeds where the land meets the sea. The lion's head hilt
and quillon finales so very typical of British naval swords of the
area. Based on hunting swords, British naval officers wore such
hangers in the year Rule Britannia was first performed (at the residence
of the then Prince of Wales) and "grog" (alcoholic naval
drink) was first introduced for sailors in His Majesty King George
2nd's Royal Navy.
The 31 inch blade is in good order and firm in the hilt. The multi-ringed
hardwood grip is in superb condition for its age. The detail of
the lions, serpent and reeds hilt is superb. An exceptionally good
investment. Further / full sized details available upon request.
My reference number is 776 (324).