1827P Mid Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's
A really nicely made British naval officer's sword, 1846 to 1880,
in good order and a perfect candidate for refurbishment.
Keep it as it is or spend the money with someone like Crisp &
Sons to have the sword totally refurbished, this is a lovely sword
with superb etching in either case. Amazingly, through the grimy
hilt (I partly cleaned it) you can still see gilt, yes, gilt, not
simply the brass base as with most naval swords of this age. Then
take a look at the blade; the etching is superb, possibly the best
I have seen on this era of sword, and with very little wrong with
the 28 3/4 inch blade.
The fishskin grip is grubby, and a tiny spot is missing; but the
grip overall is very sound and would easily withstand a full professional
cleaning. The blade firm in the hilt, the folding guard works fine
(there is no locking pin mechanism so this sword is pre-1880). The
scabbard is complete. The mounts are loose. The leather is very
aged but generally sound. The scabbard could be completely cleaned
and fitted with new leather if the idea of the sword refurbishment
is taken; I would love to see this sword after being refurbished.
There is no maker's name to the ricasso / forte, but whoever made
the blade certainly knew what they were doing. A very good and above
average example with stunning potential for refurbishment. Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request. My item reference