Circa 1785 British Slotted Hilt Royal Navy
Officer's Sword/Hanger, Sold
In good condition, a super rare circa 1785 British Slotted Hilt
Royal Navy Officer's Sword / Hanger, Gill of Birmingham.
A rare sword. Why naval? The slotted hilt is often associated with
infantry swords of the era, but were also naval. The pommel, backpiece
and grip look light cavalry style, but the grip is reeded downwards
and the blade is both straight (light cavalry had curved blades)
and too short to be light cavalry. This style of sword was popular
with naval officers especially those in colonial America, but this
sword has an early British view (acceptance) mark, crown over 9
on it, so it was not a colonial private purchase. Most likely therefore
for an officer aboard one of his majesty's ships in the Caribbean.
The 29 3/4 inch blade is in aged (patina and some inert rust pitting)
but overall in sound condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt with
some age but good. The reeded wooden grip mostly good but worn,
a small chip one side.
Such a rare and often unknown sword pattern. Get yours here for
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AD58
(0556). Further / full sized images available upon request.