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Royal Navy - A Georgian Admiral’s Sword by Prosser
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Royal Navy - A Georgian Admiral’s Sword by Prosser

Circa 1827

Measurements: Length overall: 97.5cm (38.5in)

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The curved pipe-backed blade with large double-edged spear point, etched to each side with the maker’s name 'PROSSER / to the Royal Family / 9 / Charing Crofs / LONDON'; the obverse further etched with the Royal Arms and the reverse with a fouled anchor. The regulation solid gilt half-basket hilt cast with crowned fouled anchor; the white fish skin grip handle bound with gilt wire and fitted with a bold lion's head pommel, the mane extending one-third of the length of the gilt  back-piece. Complete with copper gilt mounted black leather scabbard, the top locket further engraved on the obverse side 'PROSSER / Maker to the / King and / Royal Family / LONDON'.  the mounts additionally embossed with oak leaf and acorn decoration denoting the flag rank of its original owner.

The black leather scabbard with two copper gilt lockets each fitted with a gilt ring, indicates the scabbard was refitted to conform with 1833 regulations when sword waist belts replaced shoulder belts. The copper gilt chape is decorated with a honeysuckle ornament. The National Maritime Museum has in its collection five swords with solid half basket hilts (rather than the commonly found folding/hinged flap variety) all by Prosser.

 

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