Victorian Royal India Marine Navy Officer's
Sword, for sale
In very good overall condition, a scarce Victorian British Royal
India Marine Navy Officer's Sword.
The Royal India Marine were formed as a branch of the British Royal
Navy in 1892 and had such famous officers as Henry Robertson "Birdie"
Bowers (one of Scott's polar party on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition
to the South Pole in 1912). This one has no name engraving, so the
original officer's identity is regrettably lost to the winds of
time. The sword and scabbard are marked to Silver & Co, prominent
naval outfitters of Portsmouth and London.
The 31 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, some patina spots but
not much / many, and the etching still very clear (except for the
retailer's name to the ricasso which has been made feint by rubbing),
plus firm in the hilt. The hilt also good, as are the white fishskin
grip and twisted grip wire bindings. Leather with metal fittings
scabbard in good condition; the sword sheathes and draws well; the
folding guard section of the hilt works well and locates onto the
retaining pin of the top scabbard locket.
Victorian RIM officer's sword in very good condition and only £1000;
get it quick! Please quote item reference AB30. Further / full sized
images available upon request. Box 0089-1m (1.969).