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Mid-Victorian Claymore Bladed Royal Navy Officer's Sword, sold

In superb condition, circa 1857/1858, bearing the family crest of the Carey family, reputed to be the British Royal Naval officer's sword of Charles James Carey.

Mid-Victorian Claymore Bladed Royal Navy Officer's Swordimage O32 1

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Bearing two coat of arms (besides the British Royal Coat of Arms), a swan Argent with the motto "Sine Macula" (without blemish / stain) for the Carey family, and obverse a cockerel with the motto "Celer Atque Vigilans" (Swift and watchful), which is believed to have been the creation of Charles James Carey and used solely by him (if you search Google for "Celer Atque Vigilans", you will find a few period navy related items). The sword is marked to Batten & Adam of Gosport (trading style used 1850 to 1869) and was the former property of the Britannia Royal Naval School, having been gifted to them by the original owner (although married, Charles James Carey never had any children, which would explain this gifting).

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The 31 inch blade is in excellent condition, a very small number of small patina spots, but not many. Blade firm in the hilt. The solid hilt (note: no folding section) is in very good condition with much gilt remaining. The fishskin grip in very good condition, some aging / wear, the grip wires good. The scabbard in very good condition; the leather probably a more recent replacement. The sword sheathes and draws very well. The sword knot a likely more recent addition / replacement, but with some age. The sword may have been refurbished in the past. Comes complete with aged all weather bag (hood missing) and inner lambskin bag.

A well, well above average claymore bladed RN sword, with provenance, yours for only £xxxx (too late, now sold - original sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference number O32 (1354). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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