Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's Sword
with Claymore Blade (sold)
Very rare version of a Victorian British RN Officer's Sword with
a Scottish Claymore Blade.
When I asked one specialist militaria auctioneer when he last
saw one, he said in the 1980's. These are exceptionally rare and
sought after variations of a Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's
Claymore bladed swords were popular with both Scottish officers
for obvious reasons, and with well-to-do officers with more money
to spend on their swords.
This one was made by James Frisby of Gosport, the maker's name
or more accurately the faded remains of it just visible on the blade.
This rare sword can be improved upon with a little TLC to remove
some of the sulphur blue oxidation areas to the hilt, etc. A stunning
sword but clearly living up to the fact RN swords had harsh service
lives with the sword knot just a remnant and areas of blade patinated,
some pitting to the area near the tip. The etched 30 1/2 inch (original
owner likely a shorter man) is firm in the hilt, the hilt with some
gilt remaining, the fold-down section still locks onto the scabbard
well, the fishskin good but perhaps could benefit from a clean,
the ring bindings (twisted grip wire) complete and generally good,
the scabbard aged, the leather a little tired, the fittings a little
Get one while you can; these swords simply do not appear on the
market very often to say the least. Further / large images available
upon request. My item reference number 432.