Victorian 1827P Naval Officer's Sword, Claymore
Blade, Seagrove, sold
In good order, the blade in very good condition, a scarce claymore
bladed British Royal Naval officer's sword by Seagrove, original
sword knot and scabbard.
Although claymore bladed RN officer swords sell for more, I really
believe they are worth it and I make a point of trying to get any
that become available. Most likely a fashion statement by the original
owner rather than connection with the Scottish Highlands, the swanky,
often well connected Royal Navy officers of around 1870 to 1880
would not be seen without anything other.
This one has a well above average blade preservation wise. 30 inches
long, well etched and firm in the hilt, the hilt does show signs
of being around 140 years old. The white fishskin grip is a little
grubby but basically in very good order, as are the twisted wire
bindings. The original sword knot is a real bonus but frayed, though
I believe it could be repaired. The leather and gilt fittings scabbard
has a taped repair near the chape, is aged all over and has lost
most of its glint, but overall not bad, and authentic / original.
Marked to maker "Seagrove, The Hard, Portsea", this dates
it from 1867 to 1891, though again I am sure it was made circa 1875.
Scarce items like this command higher prices but ultimately better
investments, this one is priced very reasonably. Further / full
sized images upon request. Please quote reference number B19 (453).