Victorian Royal Naval Named Famous Officer's
In good though aged & blackened condition, a rare version
of a Victorian naval officer's sword, patent solid hilt, "Toledo"
blade, original owner is an officer who end up Admiral Raymond A
This sword was the one held by Admiral
Raymond Andrew Nugent, C.M.G when he obtained his commission
as lieutenant on 30 June, 1892. It is a very bespoke version of
a British naval officer's sword to say the least. It appears to
be Wilkinson made, but perhaps not, as it it has both a patent solid
hilt and "Toledo" style blade, both pointing towards what
Wilkinson could offer. But perhaps this was made by another maker
to Raymond Andrew Nugent's specification, hence the lack of any
maker's name. It is certainly built as a fighting sword, rather
than a dress sword, as the blade is plain and only 30 1/2 inches
long, rather than the normal 32 inches for a dress sword. Though
what sword fights Raymond Nugent thought he might have in 1892 is
a mystery. The provenance is from a well known prestigious auction
house who stated the original owner as fact.
The plain blade has got a dark patina along its entire course.
The proof disc is plain besides "proved" and therefore
offers no clues as the the original maker, seemingly keen to keep
the fact they were making a solid patent hilt without benefit of
the patent involved! The hilt was soot black when we got it, and
we have cleaned most off to reveal what appears to be a high level
of gilt remaining; we presume the sword was kept near a very smoky
chimney. Certainly a good project for self-refurbishment in our
opinion. The fishskin grip is very grubby, though may well clean
up. The scabbard is well aged and worn though complete. The shoe
is very dented. The leather is relatively sound. The sword sheathes
and draws quite well. The folding guard works and locates onto the
scabbard pin as it should.
Our price for this very unique sword once owned and held by a famous
British naval officer. Please quote item reference F25 (881). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.