British Wilkinson P1827 Royal Navy Sword

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British P1827 Royal Navy officer’s sword made by the Wilkinson Sword Company.

The 795mm blade has a slight curve with a broad, flat spine tapering to a false edge and spear point. A broad single fuller runs along both sides of the blade ending in a medial rib down to the point.

The blade is etched with a crown and the Royal Navy fouled anchor motif between fouled oak leaves and acorns. The obverse of the blade bears the royal coat of arms amidst fouled oak boughs. The blade is clean and bright and in excellent condition.

The ricasso bears the italicised HW brass proof slug of the Wilkinson Sword Company. The obverse ricasso is blank. The forte below bears the royal coat of arms and a ribbon containing the legend “By Warrant.”

The solid half-basket hilt is made of gilded brass and is 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 forms the back strap and the “D” guard extends from below the lion’s chin. The twisted copper wire wrap is present and correct.

The brass mounted black leather scabbard is original to the sword and is in fair condition. The leather has begun to lose its finish especially towards the throat and the stitching at this spot has damage. The sword sheaths and draws well and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This Royal Navy officer’s sword is in excellent condition. Given a polish, it would be parade ready. The scabbard could also be refurbished and this would be a great sword for a serving officer.