Rare Georgian British Naval Officer's Sabre,
In good condition, an exceptionally rare British RN officer's
sabre with a Britannia etched pre-1808 JJ Runkel (1796P light cavalry
The blade is pre-1808 and may well therefore have been at Trafalgar,
as this is such a special officer's blade. It was made / imported
by the renowned JJ Runkel, clearly a special order; the blade is
Damascus etched. The etching is feint, but you can still see the
iconic figure of Britannia, so there is absolutely no doubt the
blade was made for a British naval officer before 1808. The blade
has an early 1 under crown British acceptance mark, which is rare
on an officer's blade (officer's had to buy their own swords), so
this is almost certainly the blade of a presentation sword bought
for a special officer by the Royal Navy. The hilt is an 1827 pattern
RN hilt, so the officer had his blade rehilted in 1827 to conform
to the new firm regulations. Clearly though, he was an important
enough officer that he was allowed to keep his non-regulation blade.
As the hilt still has much gilt, we presume his career did not extend
much past 1827, and it may well be he was semi-retired / retired
at that time.
The totally impractical (for naval service) 32 1/4 inch blade
is in good though aged and worn condition, and firm in the hilt.
The hilt in good order, the folding guard works well. The quality
fishskin grip very good, some twisted grip wire movement, but not
much. No scabbard.
If you don't buy it and someone else does, we can virtually guarantee
you will never, ever get another chance at one of these. Who knows
which officer once held this beauty; he was certainly very important
and distinguished. This amazingly rare slice of history is yours
for £xxxx (too late, now sold - original sales price divulged
for small fee). Please quote item reference number O14 (1344). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.
The "white" on the grip above is sunlight.