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Solid Blade Variant Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's Sword, sold

In fairly good condition, a very rare solid blade variant of a Victorian British Royal Navy officer's sword.

Rare Solid Blade Variant - Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's Swordimage O44 1

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Marked to "E A Seagrove Portsea", dating the sword from 1867 to 1891, this has a very rare "solid blade" (not to be confused with solid hilt / tang). The blade is flat both sides, no fuller, not raised. It is probably even more rare than Percy blades, and certainly rare even than claymore blades in RN officer swords.

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The 30 1/8 inch blade is in good condition for its age except but worn; the etching on solid blades tended to be less pronounced to start with, so they become feint with comparatively very little wear. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt is in good order and the folding guard / scabbard pin locking mechanism works well. The fishskin grip is a little grubby for sure, but sound. The twisted grip wire bindings are aged but good. The leather and metal fittings scabbard is well aged with a crease evident. The sword sheathes and draws well. The original sword knot in very aged and frayed condition.

A super rare sword and therefore a great buy at only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number O44 (1371). Further / full sized images upon request.

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