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Victorian British Royal Navy / Naval Flag Officer's Sword, sold

In good overall condition, a rare British RN Flag (Admiral) Officer's Sword & Scabbard.

Victorian British Royal Navy / Naval Flag Officer's Sword & Scabbard

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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.

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