WW1 era named British Royal Naval Officer's
In good overall condition, a WW1 era British Royal Navy junior
officer's sword for R J Smart.
We believe this to be the sword of Richard John Smart, who was
born in Bexley, Kent on 24 May 1862. He enlisted into the Royal
Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in July 1877 and progressed to a Petty Officer
2nd Class in June 1887. In early 1889 he transferred to the Coast
Guard, in which he served until June 1919, attaining the rank of
Chief Officer in November 1911. We believe this is the original
owner as we can find no other with the same initials for the post-Victorian
The 31 1/4 inch blade is in overall good condition with some patina
spots and firm in the hilt. The hilt is good, the black fishskin
grip worn in places, and with bespoke gilt twisted grip wire (could
be a later replacement) in good order. The leather of the scabbard
is showing signs of age but is sound; the brass fittings in good
order, a little ding on the top locket. The knot is in good shape
The sword sheaths and draws well.
Nice example with plenty of research opportunity for only £xxx
(too late, now sold - original sales price divulged for small fee).
Please quote item reference M23 (1260). Further / full sized images
available upon request.