Victorian 1827P RN Officer's Sword, Solid
Hilt, Eames & Co, Sold
A rare solid hilt version of the 1827 Pattern Royal Naval officer's
sword, circa 1875, in very good order.
It looks like a regular Victorian British Royal Navy officer's
sword until you look closely at the underside of the grip. Here
you will see the blade's tang, or at least the edge of it. This
was done to provide strength to the sword, to make the hilt solid,
hence the name.
This makes this RN sword very rare, as not many were made with
the solid hilt (solid hilted swords tend to be cavalry or mounted
artillery swords). But some infantry and naval officers did have
solid hilt swords made for them, and this is one of them.
The 30 3/4 inch slightly curved blade is in good order, a few small
rust patches here and there, the etching still very good and mostly
free from blemish. Firm in the hilt (as you would expect), the blade
sheathes and draws well into and out of the leather and gilt steel
fittings scabbard. The top fitting is loose, though is easily glued
of course. The hilt is in very good order, the folding section of
the guard locking perfectly onto the pin of the top scabbard fitting.
The fishskin grip a little grubby but in very good order, as are
the twisted wire ring bindings. A very nice sword as Victorian RN
swords go, made even more special and valuable by the solid hilt.
Additional and full sized photos available upon request. Please
quote item reference number B25 (457).