In good condition (for age), a Georgian Junior Royal Naval Officer’s Sword and Scabbard
The frog stud on the upper scabbard locket means pre-1832. Age further confirmed by the impressive pipe back blade with quill point. The blade is period sharpened (patina within the sharpened edge) from the time that RN officers would still need to be prepared to use a sword. This one has a period small nick to the cutting edge, so it appears to have been actively used as a weapon. The black rather than white fishskin grip denotes for a junior officer and is much scarcer than sword from more senior officers (lieutenant and up).
The 29 1/3 inch blade is in good condition but has been zealously cleaned, so the etching is feint and there are some scour lines, some pitting towards the point. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt has an old, probably period break to the back strap union with the pommel, but still holds firm enough. The folding guard section works well. The grip does have a little movement, but is otherwise very good for its age, a small piece of fishskin missing one side under the lions head pommel. The ferrule once had a small pre-1835 hook ring attached, but this has now gone. The leather and brass fittings scabbard is aged and has a taped repair.
These swords are scarce, especially at sensible prices like this; £750. Please quote item reference AG21. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1370-101x18x17 (1.950).