In aged condition, a rare 1852 Model USN United States Navy Officer’s Lion’s Head Sword and Scabbard.
There were a number of 1852M variants, bespoke individual swords made to order for United States Naval officers who wanted something special. Probably a British born or connected officer as lions head naval swords were the order of the day there, plus, we bought the sword from an estate sale in London.
The plain 29 3/4 inch period sharpened blade may be slender but it is a fighting blade none the less; in good condition with a steady patina and a couple of small nicks to the cutting edge. Blade has a little movement in grip, not much; more movement in hilt. The hilt in aged but sound condition. The fishskin (rayskin) grip has shrunk a little and does not rest fully into the guard. The steel scabbard is aged and a little worn but sound. The sword sheathes and draws a tad loosely.
Just try finding let alone buying another! Grab it quick; £900. Please quote item reference number W75. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1196-101x18x16 (2.011).