Victorian 1827P Naval Officer's Sword, Claymore
In overall good condition, a scarce claymore blade Victorian British
RN officer's sword by Mackay & Co.
Claymore bladed RN swords are my favorite of the late Victorian
era; they cost the original owners a little more, as they cost me
a little more to acquire them over standard bladed swords, but they
are supremely attractive and almost certainly mean the officer was
well to do. Mackay and Co were outfitters in Devonport, the proof
slug with a star and a dot means the blade was almost certainly
made by Cater and Company of London.
THe 30 1/4 inch blade has been zealously cleaned and has quite
a bit of patina, but still looks impressive. The blade is firm in
the hilt, the hilt with some gilt remaining, the fishskin grip in
good condition, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The folding
guard works well and located onto the scabbard's locking pin (the
pin hole does not go right through the folding guard, just the first
2/3's, just in case you wondered why you could not see a hole above).
The leather and hilt metal scabbard is aged; it might be worth removing
the top fitting, binding with tape, and gluing the top fitting back
on as it is a little loose. But the scabbard is sound enough and
will last another 130 years if taken care of. A rare chance to buy
a superb sword. Further / full sized images upon request. Please
quote reference number C01 (613).