In very good condition, an Early Victorian British Royal Naval Officer’s Pipeback Sword, circa 1837-1840.
British Royal Coat of Arms (not Royal Cypher) to blade means Queen Victoria who was crowned in 1837. Etched to cutler (George) Gillott of 36 Strand, London, who used that trading style from 1828 until 1840.
The 30 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition save for some small rust pitting patches, particularly at the point end. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt retaining much gilt is generally good but has denting; the folding guard section works well. The fishskin grip with some age but very good. The grip wire bindings a little wayward in places but good. The leather and brass fittings scabbard is good for its age but the leather has shrunk a little, consequently the tip of the blade sticks through the chape when fully sheathed. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a well above average example and a quality sword at that. Very well prices at £1250. Please quote item reference X45. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1289-101x18x16 (1.982).