In good condition for its age, a pre-Trafalgar / pre-1805 pattern stirrup hilted blue and gilt etched Royal Naval officer’s sword.
This stirrup hilted sword was around at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar as a new regulation pattern was mandated in 1805; the difference with the new stirrup hilted pattern was the replacement of the crown over fould anchors on the langets with simply a fouled anchor, and white fishskin instead of ivory for officers below Flag status. This sword having crowned fould anchors to the langets and an ivory grip dates it from around 1800 to 1804 and would likely been worn by a Royal Naval lieutenant. Was it at the Battle of Trafalgar? Unfortunately the answer is lost to the winds of time, but it could well have been. This sword would have been worn en board the ship and would have been used if need be.
The 26 3/4 inch slender blade is in good overall condition, worthwhile blue and gilt etch remaining, some rust patches / bubbles but not too many. Blade firm in the grip but the stirrup hilt has some movement as is quite common. The brass hilt itself has some gilt remaining and is in good order. The now yellowing white ivory grip is in very good condition for its age.
A lovely looking sword with an evocative feel. Just £750. Please quote item reference AG25. Full sized images available upon request. Box 1382-101x18x16 (1.300)