WW1 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword (Friedeberg),
In very good condition, a WW1 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword
by J Friedeberg, cutler, of Portsea.
Friedeberg traded until 1917, so the sword is not post WW1 It actually
dates from 1902 to 1917. Regrettably, there is no officer name to
the inside of the all weather bag's hood as there is often. Instead,
there is an old name label, so faded that it can not be read.
The 32 inch blade is slightly longer than normal and implies a tall
officer. Blade in very good condition with just a little wear and
a few patina patches, plus is firm in the hilt. The hilt in very
good shape; the folding guard section works well and locates onto
the scabbard's retaining pin. The fishskin grip is good; the twisted
grip wire has a couple of lesser strands a little wayward one side,
nothing major. The sword knot in good condition, some age / grubbiness,
some fraying, nothing much. The leather and brass fittings scabbard
is in mostly good shape; a small crease and some wear. The all weather
bag has suffered the test of time. The sword sheathes and draws
Lovely sword, well above average. Nicely priced; £600. Please
quote item reference number W16. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. Box 1158-101x19x16 (2.356).