A rare early 1827 pattern Royal Navy officers’ sword with a pipe-back and quill pointed blade.
The 725mm pipe-back blade has a 280mm long yelmen and terminates in a quill point.
The fighting blade is in excellent condition, retaining its original polish and crisp etching. There is a small amount of shallow pitting at 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 ends just below the pommel. The back strap is faceted and the “D” guard extends from between the lion’s jaws. 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 gilt brass mounted black leather scabbard is of the post-1832 pattern with twin suspension rings. The leather is in very good condition and the stitching is intact. The gilt brass mounts are in good condition and retain much of their original finish. The sword sheaths and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of a rare early 1827 pattern Royal Navy officer’s pipe-back sword dating to between 1832 and 1846.
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