This British 1827/46 pattern Victorian Royal Navy officer’s sword was made in the last quarter of the 19th Century and retailed by J Friedeberg who traded from his premises at 81, Queen Street, Portsea from 1863. The sword is complete with its 1891 pattern bullion knot.
The 800mm single-edged blade has a flat spine tapering to a 260mm upper false edge. A long single fuller runs below the spine ending in a medial rib down to the spear point.
The blade is etched with a Tudor crown and the Royal Navy fouled anchor motif between arches and foliate scrollwork. The obverse of the blade bears the Royal Arms depicting a lion and unicorn rampant and the motto “Dieu et Mon Droit.” The blade is clean and bright and in excellent condition with some small, isolated spots of tarnish.
The ricasso bears a proof disk stamped with “Proved” over “R, M, & S.” The obverse ricasso bears the cutlers details, “J Friedeberg, 81 Queen St. Portsea.”
The solid half-basket hilt is in great condition. The bowl of the guard bears the Tudor 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 original 1891 pattern commissioned officer's bullion sword knot is in excellent condition.
The knuckle bow of the guard is held in the jaws of the lion head and mane of the highly detailed lion head pommel extends for the full length of the back strap. The shagreen grip is of top quality and in great condition. The twisted gilt wire wrap is present and in excellent condition.
The brass mounted black leather scabbard is original to the sword and is in excellent condition with a small dent on the chape. The sword sheaths and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard and the locking pin engages.
This is an excellent example of a late Victorian Royal Navy officer’s sword.