Category: royal navy

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From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Century

An unidentified British naval cutlass, or perhaps a lead cutter. This sword has only one marking, a stamp on the ricasso which looks like a number 3. So technically it could be any nationality – however the form of the grip strongly suggests that it is British. The guard is narrower than most later Victorian cutlasses and coupled with the grip style this could indicate a pre-1845 experimental cutlass. However, the blade is unusually long for a cutlass at 31 inches. This may indicate it is a sword for Lead Cutting or other similar sword feats and indeed it has been edged and retains a fine edge, of not being exactly sharp anymore. However, the cutlass is not heavy like a typical Lead Cutter and is relatively light for the size. This is a pleasing sword in the hand and everything is solid. 

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British Naval Dirk, c.1800

Napoleonic period naval officers dirk, Read, Portsmouth, the ivory handle above the named and engraved scabbard, steel blade.  

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword

With etched fullered blade bearing proof mark and signed Wilkinson, London. Having brass hilt with lion mask pommel, fouled anchor and folding guard and with shagreen grip, blade length 74.5 cm.

British Pattern 1827/1846 Naval Officer’s Sword with Patent Solid Hilt and Broadsword Blade

A scarce and interesting variant of a British 1827P Naval Officers sword, of heavy and large construction with a broadsword blade. A very interesting early patent example of this type of sword, with two piece grip with iron seam and iron disc infront of washer. The blade is etched around the proof mark with a starburst and the word ‘Patent’. The proof disc has been removed, but we feel it is possibly a Wilkinson made sword. The large broadsword blade has been finley etched, with retailers details, foliage, fouled anchor. The sword has a folding guard, acting as a locking catch. Top mount displays the large badge of retailer ‘GALT. GRIEVES & CO, PORTSEA’. An interesting variation of sword, c.1859-1881. Overall length approx. 96cm. Blade length 78cm. Blade width approx. 3.1cm.

British Cutlass with Pattern 1845 Style Hilt

A mid-Victorian naval cutlass with less common straight double-edged blade. There is a visible proof/approval stamp on the ricasso, but the precise date and model of this type of cutlass is unclear. The hilt is the 1845 pattern, but that pattern usually has a 29 inch single-edged and slightly curved blade. This 29 inch blade is straight and double-edged.

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British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword with a Blade of Flattened Hexagonal Cross-Section

Bright 81cm double edged blade of shallow hexagonal section by Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London no. 23017 for 1879 etched with scrolls, a crown fouled anchor, and a owner’s monogram within coronet, regulation re gilded hilt with lion’s head pommel and wire bound fish skin grip, in its it re gilded leather scabbard with spring clip, complete with bullion knot.

British Pattern 1846 Naval Warrant Officer’s Sword

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British Naval Dirk, c.1790-1800

Georgian naval officer’s Dirk in its associated brass mounted leather scabbard. Curved 27.5 cm blade with traces of blue and gilt etching. Chequered bone grip and brass guard. Scabbard locket marked ‘Bennet, Sword Cutler to the Prince of Wales, 67 Royal Exchange’. Probably John Bennet Jr. 1773-1802.

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British Pattern 1889 Cutlass made by Robert Mole & Sons