Early Victorian British Royal Navy Officer's
Pipe-Back Sword, Sold
In sound condition, a scarce early Victorian British Royal Navy
officer's pipe-back sword.
This has the remains of (non-tablet form) etching with Victorian
crown and a pipe back blade but no frog button to the upper scabbard
fitting, so it dates from 1837 to 1845.
The 29 7/8 inch blade shows the sword was bought with the prospect
of close (ship) quarters use still possible. Blade in worn and rust
patched condition, but strong / sound; remains of etching, firm
in hilt. The hilt overall good for age, the folding guard section
works well (no locking pin - this sword pre-dates the implementation
of locking pins). The fishskin grip is very good, as are the twisted
grip wire bindings. The leather of the scabbard aged and cracked,
the metal fittings worn. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A nice example from a great era in Rule Britannia. It can be yours
for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R47
(0529). Further / full sized images available upon request.