~ 1827 Pattern Royal Naval Pipeback Sword ~
A rare piece. This is the original version of the 1827 Royal Navy officers pipeback fighting sword. It would date to the very beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. This is the first standardised pattern and was quickly replaced from 1829 onwards with the leaner straight bladed example still in use today.
The right side of the blade bears the etched Queen Victoria's coat of arms, the left side the Queens crown and Royal Navy fouled anchor.
The gilt brass guard also bears the Queens crown and the Royal Navy fouled anchor with the lions head pommel. The grip is of copper wire bound white ray skin. It is fitted with a non-pierced folding safety catch.
The scabbard is of black leather with gilt brass fittings. The upper scabbard ring bears the swordsmiths/retailers name "I. Symons Devonport".
~ Dimensions ~
The blades length is 31.5 inches (80cm) with an overall length of 38 inches (97cm). The set weighs 1.36 Kg in total.
~ Condition ~
The blade has multiple nicks along its leading edge so would have seen active surface. There are multiple patches of darkened oxidisation spots but the rest is bright. The grip and guard are in fine condition.
The scabbard is complete bar minor surface loss concentrated on the left side 12 inches from the tip. There is general crackling but the leather remains supple with tight stitching. Its brass fittings are excellent too.
The sword slides sweetly into the scabbard.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £22 or the sword can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.