Victorian British Royal Naval Reserve Officer's
In good condition, a scarce Victorian British Royal Naval Reserve
Officer's Sword, with owner's initials.
The "RNR" etching just visible for "Royal Naval
Reserve". The grip with the remains of blackening to the fishskin,
so this scarce sword is made more so by being a junior officer's
sword (as fewer of these were made, there are less around). The
St Edward's Crown to the cartouche of the hilt / guard for Queen
Victoria. The folding guard stamped with the owner's / officer's
initials "D G" either side of the pin location hole (and
thus it appears the sword belonged to GOD!).
The 30 5/8 inch blade is in good but aged / worn condition, some
patina and the etching feint. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt good
but with blued tarnish to places. The fishskin grip overall very
good but the blackening going; twisted grip wire bindings in good
shape. The leather and metal fittings scabbard are good but aged,
with some shrinkage to the leather. The sword sheathes and draws
well. The folding guard section of the hilt works well and locates
as it should onto the scabbard retaining pin.
A good honest example. Nicely priced at £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference P89 (0268). Further / full sized
images available upon request.