Victorian British Royal Naval Officer's Claymore
Bladed Sword, Sold
In good overall condition, a scarce Victorian British Royal Navy
officer's sword with Claymore blade.
Claymore bladed RN officer are rare, and command a price premium.
This dress weight sword is marked to F Highatt Gosport on both the
blade's ricasso and the top locket of the scabbard; Frederick Highatt
was an outfitter and sword cutler who traded from 1855 to 1905.
The 28 5/8 inch blade was obviously for a short officer. The blade
is in good condition for its age but with wear and rust patches.
Blade firm in hilt. The hilt / guard good; the folding guard section
is good but does not fully go into the down position (there is a
lug that goes into a hole in the hilt which is blocked a little).
Grip / twisted grip wires are good. The original sword knot is not
surprisingly a little grubby and worn (one strap "broken"
or rather the clip is missing). The scabbard is good but has a weak
area near the chape (a split one side and weak the other; later
glued repair / strengthening). The sword sheathes and draws well.
Truly, a really good example for only £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference M70 (1262). Further / full sized images
available upon request.