1801 Model Danish Naval Officer's Sword,
A Søkadetsabel M1801, 1801 model Danish naval officer's
sword in good condition, almost certainly a British trophy from
the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807. The grip bearing a coat of arms
and coronet indicates the original owner was a Baron (Freiherr).
The blade is aged and pitted, but the remains of a royal cypher
is still visible and we believe can only be for Christian VII of
Denmark (the other less probable alternative being Catherine II
of Russia). In either event, this sword is worth more than we are
asking for it! Most likely it came to Britain (we bought it at UK
auction and the vendor says it had been in the family for many years)
as a battle trophy from the Battle of Copenhagen 1807. The grip
bears a cost of arms under a coronet associated with the Holy Roman
The 26 inch blade is well aged and pitted, though still solid and
bearing the feint remnants of the aforementioned royal cypher. Blade
firm in the hilt. The hilt in generally good order. The fluted ebony
/ ebonised wood grip is in good shape. The coat of arms is dented
and worn but still good.
Probably worth a lot more than we are asking, just £750.
Please quote item reference number I41. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 0022-1m (2.75).