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Trafalgar Era British Royal Navy Senior / Flag Officer's Sword, for sale

In sound condition, a very rare and unusual Trafalgar Era British Royal Navy Senior / Flag Officer's sword.

Trafalgar Era British Royal Navy Senior / Flag Officer's Sword

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What makes this senior Royal Navy officer's unusual is that it has a plain fighting blade and light weight blue and gilt etched scabbard. Generally referred to as the 1805 Pattern, stirrup hilted lions head officers swords were in use prior to 1805, and the non-regulation scabbard indicates this is one of them, so circa 1803, prior to the Battle of Trafalgar. The girthy high grade ivory grip and clearly once magnificent scabbard, together with a fighting blade indicates this was a very senior / flag officer's sword, one that served en board His Majesty King George IV's vessels, not behind an Admiralty desk. The 28 5/8 inch blade is clearly for active / battle use (longer blades tend to be dress swords as shorter blades were more practical in the confined deck areas of sailing ships.

Blade still very sharp and in good condition. A little movement in the hilt. Hilt brown from patina / tarnish of the brass. Ivory grip generally very good with very little age cracking but with loss under the pommel. Twisted grip wire bindings very good. The scabbard with remnants of blue and gilt etching, mostly gone and the base steel with light pitting, but is still remarkably sound. The sword sheathes and draws well enough but loosely.

We doubt you will find another, especially with such a bespoke scabbard. Who knows where this sword has been on its travels. Surely, a great investment for only £1000. Please quote item reference number AC06. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 0147-1m (1.843).

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