Napoleonic / Georgian British RN Master at
Arms 1796P Sabre, for sale
In good condition, an exceptionally rare British RN Master at
Arms' (warrant officer's) sabre, made by Woolley & Sargant 1815-1817,
various markings / inscriptions.
One of the rarest of British Royal Navy swords / sabres. This is
a warrant officer's (NCO's) sabre, and the only warrant officer
who would have worn this would have been a Master at Arms. The opposed
quillon finales are the same as you would find on RN swords and
dirks; the cross guard is not some later modification as the wooden
grip under the pommel, although splitting one site, clearly never
accepted a stirrup guard as would normally be found on a 1796P sabre.
Plus there are numbers and a crown acceptance mark to the langet,
which is not the normal place to find a crown mark, which show the
sabre was not destined for the calvary and that the cross guard
is original. Equally, the leather covered scabbard and brass suspension
rings are what you would expect for naval use. There is an inscription
to the backpiece which is well worn, which we expect is the vessel's
name (not an officer's name).
The totally impractical (for naval service) 32 7/8 inch blade
is in good though aged and worn condition, and firm in the hilt.
The hilt in good order, the cross guard is loose, one langet is
missing. The scabbard aged. The sabre sheaths and draws well.
One of the rarest swords around. Yours for just £1250. Please
quote item reference AA38. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0026-1m (1.856)