Circa 1850 British Royal Naval Junior Officer's
In very good condition for its age, a scarce circa 1850 British
Royal Naval Junior Officer's Sword.
Junior officer's sword with black fishskin grips are much rarer
than white fishskin RN officer swords. Circa 1850 because of the
quill point but on a post 1845 fullered blade, and a folding guard
with no scabbard retaining pin system. Also, this sword has no maker's
name, which was very common in the mid-19C.
The 29 inch blade is in overall good condition and firm in the hilt,
but has patina throughout and even some light, now inert rusting.
The hilt is actually well above average with plenty of gilt remaining.
The grip also very good but the black fading (some people use liquid
black shoe / boot polish to "restore" the colour). Twisted
grip wire bindings all present and correct. The leather and gilt
metal scabbard is well above average, but with some age, a small
kink and some leather shrinkage. The sword sheathes and draws well.
An above average example at a below average price, just £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference S73. Further /
full sized images available upon request.