1826 PATTERN BRITISH NAVAL OFFICER’S SWORD

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Item Code: 2021-173

Based on the 1822 infantry officer’s sword, the 1826 naval officer’s sword has seen service through many conflicts and almost two hundred years later is still the official pattern of the Royal Navy. This example uses the 1846 style single-fuller blade introduced by Wilkinson, which replaced the earlier pipe-backed versions. The pommel features a globular capstan rivet and figural lionhead with a mane extending along the backstrap of the grip to a ferrule inside the guard. The white grip shows some superficial wear spots, but the triple-wire binding is in place with just a couple of strands pushed out of place. The guard has the regulation folding inner counterguard and is cast and chased on the face with regulation Gothic arches and a Royal Navy fouled anchor and crown within and oval on a stippled ground.

The blade is deeply etched a blank panel on the obverse ricasso for a retailer’s address. Above is a stylized royal crest, little soft from rubbing, showing “BY WARRANT” in a scroll underneath. Above that two long panels of knotted ropes encompass oakleaves and acorns with the royal crest between and topped by a sunburst glory. The reverse has similar floral and cable/rope panels, but with a glory over a crown with a fouled anchor below, and a second blank cartouche for an officer’s name. The reverse ricasso has an six-pointed star with inset copper disk. The etching is strong against a frosted background shifting toward gray. The blade is bright above the etched the panels, with good edge and point.

The scabbard is regulation black leather, solid, with no breaks, good seam and just a few small scuffs or wrinkles to the finish, with brass mounts showing incised lines and curls, along with some abstract heart-shaped, floral motifs at the tip of the drag.

This is very good example of the regulation British navy officer’s sword. [sr] [ph:L]

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