Scarce British 1827 pattern Crimean War period Claymore bladed Royal Navy officer’s sword.
The 752mm double-edged (broadsword) blade has narrow twin fullers on both sides with a spear point. The edges have been sharpened for action.
The blade is etched with a crown and the Royal Navy fouled anchor motif between foliate scrollwork. The forte of the blade is etched with the Royal Arms and motto. The obverse of the blade bears the Royal coat of arms amidst foliate scrollwork. The blade is clean and bright with some pitting at the point. The blade is in very good condition for its age and service.
The ricasso bears a brass proof slug. The obverse ricasso bears the details of the cutlers, Edwin and William Seagrove, “E & W Seagrove, The Hard, Portsea.” Edwin & William Seagrove used this style of marking from 1850 to 1859. Prior to this, Williams initial appeared first on their maker’s mark and letterhead. William Seagrove died in 1866 and from 1867, Edwin traded alone. From 1892 the company traded as Seagrove and Co. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The solid 1827 pattern, gilt brass half-basket hilt remains in excellent condition. The bowl of the guard bears the Georgian crown and fouled anchor of the Royal Navy. The inner folding guard is in perfect working order and mates nicely with the pin on the scabbard.
The mane of the highly detailed lion head pommel stops about a third of the way down the back strap and the “D” guard extends from the lion’s mouth, also dating the sword to early in the latter half of the 19th Century. The ray skin grip is of the highest quality and in very good condition. The twisted copper wire wrap is present and correct.
The brass mounted black leather scabbard is original to the sword and is in fair to good condition. The stitching is intact but appears to have been glued at some point. The seam is closed and firm. The brass mounts retain their original gilt finish and are firmly in place. The throat of the scabbard bears a shield containing the cutlers’ “E. & W. Seagrove, The Hard, Portsea.” below the Royal Warrant. The leather of the scabbard has scuffs and wear commensurate with its age but the leather remains stiff and strong. The sword sheaths and draws well and is held firmly within the scabbard. The folding section of the guard mates nicely with the locking pin.
This is a very good example of a hard to find Claymore bladed Royal Navy 1827 pattern sword dating to the time of the Crimean War.
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