Victorian British Royal Navy / Naval Flag
Officer's Sword, sold
In good overall condition, a rare British RN Flag (Admiral) Officer's
Sword & Scabbard.
The oak leaves on the scabbard fittings show it to be for a flag
officer (basically, a rear-admiral or higher). The scabbard appears
to have been made for the sword; that is, the sword fits well into
the scabbard but the sword looks earlier, so that perhaps a Captain
simply got a new scabbard when he was promoted. We say this as the
hilt has less gilt remaining than the scabbard. Or this means someone
tried to hard to clean the hilt. It is unlikely to mean a later
marriage of a sword and scabbard because scabbards are much rarer
than swords and very, very seldom are available on their own, especially
those for flag officers.
The 29 3/4 inch blade is etched to "F Highatt Gosport";
Frederick Highatt was an outfitter and sword cutler who traded from
1855 to 1905. The blade is etched with British Coat of Arms and
Fouled Anchor; there is some rust / patina, but not too much and
the blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt is in good order; the folding
guard section works well. The grip is a little dirty and the grip
wire is astray in a few places, though overall they are good. The
remains of the original sword knot is attached and grubby. The leather
and gilt metal fittings scabbard is showing age (bubbling, etc)
to the leather; the locking pin is missing. The sword sheathes and
draws well but can catch sometimes when sheathing.
Try and get another for under our price of £(too late, now
sold - though we will divulge the original sales price for a small
fee)!. Please quote item reference M17 (1260). Further / full sized
images available upon request.