Mid-Victorian British Royal Navy Flag Officer's
Sword, for sale
In overall good condition, a pre-1880 Victorian British Royal
Navy Flag Officer's sword.
The acorns and oak leaves around the scabbard lockets attest to
the fact this is a British Royal Navy Flag Officer's sword. The
fact the folding guard has no hole / the scabbard has no locking
pin, means the sword pre-dates 1880. Flag Officers are Commanders
1st Class and up (Admirals), so called as they are entitled to have
a senior "flag" officer on board flag raised. These officers
are generally above the captain of the ship in rank, and therefore
these are very rare swords indeed.
The 29 5/8 inch blade is aged (some pitting towards point), worn
and the very tip is broken off (clearly the sword was dropped point
down at some stage). There is very little of the tip missing, so
it can be reground (dishonest dealers would do this themselves and
then keep quiet about it / sell the sword for way more). There is
a makers name to the forte / ricasso, but we can only make out "Portsmouth".
B;lade firm in hilt. The hilt and grip generally very good. The
leather and gilt metal fittings scabbard is aged but sound / good.
The folding guard section works well. The sword sheathes and draws
Come on, a mid-Victorian RN flag officer's sword in good condition
for only £(too late, now sold); if we ground the tip to reform
it, we could charge double that. Please quote item reference number
AA23 (0024). Further / full sized images upon request.