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Victorian British Royal Naval Reserve Officer's Sword, Sold

In good condition, a scarce Victorian British Royal Naval Reserve Officer's Sword, with owner's initials.

Victorian British Royal Naval Reserve Officer's Sword

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The "RNR" etching just visible for "Royal Naval Reserve". The grip with the remains of blackening to the fishskin, so this scarce sword is made more so by being a junior officer's sword (as fewer of these were made, there are less around). The St Edward's Crown to the cartouche of the hilt / guard for Queen Victoria. The folding guard stamped with the owner's / officer's initials "D G" either side of the pin location hole (and thus it appears the sword belonged to GOD!).

The 30 5/8 inch blade is in good but aged / worn condition, some patina and the etching feint. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt good but with blued tarnish to places. The fishskin grip overall very good but the blackening going; twisted grip wire bindings in good shape. The leather and metal fittings scabbard are good but aged, with some shrinkage to the leather. The sword sheathes and draws well. The folding guard section of the hilt works well and locates as it should onto the scabbard retaining pin.

A good honest example. Nicely priced at £? (too late, now sold) . Please quote item reference P89 (0268). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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