In good condition, a Victorian French Senior Naval Officer’s Sword & Scabbard
No maker’s or other markings, the ivory grip is that for a senior French naval officer, circa 1890. Pipe back blade, quill point. 1854 Model French naval swords are quite common, though most are reproductions, but with black / ebonised walnut grips; this is a rare one, 100% authentic and with an ivory grip.
This item, in compliance with the new ivory law, has been registered with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and given the UK Government license / permit reference LVNZ14J2 which allows us to legally sell it.
The 32 1/4 inch plain pipe back, quill pointed blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt and grip. The stunningly ornate gilt on brass hilt / guard is in very good condition. The ribbed ivory grip with a pleasing yellowing is in good condition but with typical hairline ivory cracks. The fine brass twisted grip wire bindings are good, a couple of strands have gone astray but which can, with care, be corrected. The leather and brass scabbard is a little aged but good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
These don’t come onto the market very often, especially not in such good condition and priced below market value, just £750. Please quote item reference ZZ40. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1693-98x15x14 (1.520)