In good overall condition, an early 1800’s / Trafalgar era British Royal Naval Officer’s Sword with scabbard and original George III sword knot
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With post 1801 British Royal Coat of Arms, the blade by Runkell of Solingen, early low profile lions head pommel, this sword dates 1801 to 1808 (most likely 1804 to 1805). Instead of an image of Britannia, this sword blade has an eagle (on a tree) and therefore, most likely, belonged to an officer on the Third Rate Ship of the Line, HMS Eagle.
The 30 1/4 inch blade retains a tiny amount of blue and gilt etching, though the etched images themselves are clear. The blade does have pitting, thankfully mostly away from the etched areas. The blade is firm in the hilt and appears not to have been reseated. The hilt is in overall good condition but there is a repair to one of the langets. The ivory grip shows this sword belonged to either a senior officer, perhaps the Captain, or a very well to do officer. The grip has some chips, but is very good besides. The original grip wire bindings have tarnish, but are good. A huge bonus is the original Georgian sword knot which is aged and worn but sound. The leather of the scabbard has been replaced at some stage with something synthetic, but well done; the fittings are original (one has some repair work). The sword sheathes and draws well, a little stiff when fully sheathing (getting the top scabbard fitting in and under the langets).
These are rare swords and this one is in above average condition, plus has some likely attribution to a particular Royal Naval fighting ship. The sword knot alone is likely worth three hundred pounds sterling. Really, a great buy at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X51. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1299-102x18x16 (1.782)