British 1827 George IV Large Quill Point Royal Navy Sword
» British 1827 George IV Large Quill Point Royal Navy Sword
A rare quill point 1827 pattern George IV (1820-1830) Royal Navy officers’ sword probably made by John Prosser of London. This sword is very large for a naval sword, its blade being a similar width to the Prosser made heavy cavalry quill point and not much shorter. The photos show a comparison between a standard Royal Navy quill point (made by John Prosser) and this huge sword. A further comparison is shown between this sword and a Peninsular Wars Heavy Cavalry Celtic hilt sword. The Celtic hilt is only 8cm longer in the blade!
The 800mm Prosser patent pipe-back blade has a pronounced yelmen measuring 340mm in length and terminates in a quill point.
The massive fighting blade is etched with the 1816-1837 crowned royal arms above a lion, with decorative panels above and below. The obverse bears a crown and the fouled anchor of the Royal Navy. The forte is etched with the cutler’s details, Adams. Fore St. Devonport. Richard Rowley Adams traded from 41 Fore Street, Devonport between 1824 and 1830. The blade is in excellent condition and is clean and bright with small patches of tarnish along the edge and towards the point.
The 1827 pattern, solid half-basket hilt is made of gilt brass and remains in excellent condition. The inner folding guard is in perfect working order and the hinge is firm and strong. The mane of the highly detailed lion head pommel ends just below the pommel. The back strap is faceted and the “D” guard extends from between the lion’s jaws. The grip collar has an integral ring through which the sword knot was threaded. The white shagreen grip is of the highest quality and in excellent condition. The three strands of twisted wire are present and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The brass mounted black leather scabbard is original to the sword and is in good condition for its 190 plus years of age. The leather is thick and strong but has a small amount of shrinkage. The stitching has perished. The leather retains most of its original finish.
The scabbard has twin suspension rings as well as an ornate frog stud. The gilt brass mounts are in very good condition. The sword sheaths and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a very good example of a very rare and massive early 1827 pattern Royal Navy officer’s fighting sword dating to between 1827 and 1830.