1780 - 1790 British Royal Naval Officer's
In very good order, a rare late 19th Century British naval officer's
sword, quite possibly still in active use at the time of Trafalgar.
In well above average condition, this sword was made and worn sometime
between 1780 and 1790 based on the blade type, size and hilt. This
era was very much a transitional time for the naval sword, this
one having the facets of a slightly earlier "hanger" blade
with a slightly later stirrup type hilt, though the blade and hilt
are original to each other (just substantiating the date). Who knows
where there sword has been and served.
The typical 25 1/4 inch blade with twin fullers, the central fuller
virtually all the way to the point, is in good condition except
for some period nicks to the cutting edge. The blade is period sharpened
and remains, to its credit, quite sharp to this day. The nicks look
period raising the prospect this sword has seen very active combat
use at a time when swords were still carried as weapons. The blade
is firm in the hilt, the hilt generally very good. The turned walnut
grip in very good condition for this type of sword, just some loss
at the top and remarkably, the quite fine twisted brass wire bindings
are present and correct. Fouled anchors to both sides of the guard
/ knucklebow; these are clearly period.
Well worth the price tag. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. Item reference number B27 (458).