WW1 Era British Order of the Garter Royal
Naval Officer's Sword (sold)
Either Edwardian or George 5th British naval officer's sword,
etched with Order of the garter, in overall good condition.
Made by J Friedeberger of 81 Queen Street, Portsea and with a "Teddies
Hat" (Edward 7th / George 5th) crown, this dates the sword
from 1901 to 1913 (as the maker expanded into 82 Queen Street then).
The blade is etched with the Order of the Garter, so the officer
was very important indeed and can quite possibly be researched by
finding out which members / companions of the order were commissioned
in to the Royal Naval at that time.
The 31 inch blade is in good order, a few patina patches and a
little worn, but very sound, attractive and firm in the hilt. The
hilt retains much gilt finish, as do the fittings on the scabbard,
which is an attractive bonus to say the least. The fishskin grip
is in good order, though with a little crumbling loss spot; the
twisted grip wire bindings are good. The scabbard overall is well
above average, as is the sword knot. The sword sheathes and draws
well, and the hilt's folding locking section locates well onto the
scabbard pin. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
Item reference number A45 (419).